Toyota Recalls Scion xA for Sudden Airbag Blowups

Toyota is conducting a safety recall on  2004 –2006 Scion xA vehicles in the United States. Approximately 17,000 vehicles are involved in this recall because of a defective, and unsafe airbag system. The Scion airbag can electrically short and damage the circuits in the system. This could cause the airbag warning lights to illuminate and the airbag(s) and seatbelt pretensioner(s) to become deactivated; or it could cause those systems to inadvertently deploy. These conditions can increase the risk of injury or crash.

For all involved vehicles, Toyota dealers will replace the airbag control unit with an improved one at no cost to customers as is required by U.S. law.  Owners of all involved vehicles will receive direct notification by first class mail starting in late December. Toyota warns that information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is subject to change over time.  For the most up-to-date Safety Recall information on Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles, customers should check their vehicle’s status by visiting toyota.com/recall and entering their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license plate information. Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site: nhtsa.gov/recalls.

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