If the side curtain air bags deploy in an accident, they may strike brackets installed for the rear grab handles, causing the bags to be punctured. This could increase risk of occupant injury.
Various warning lights, such as those for tire air pressure warnings, anti-lock braking warnings or electronic stability control warnings that appear on the instrument panel to notify the driver of certain issues may not illuminate as intended. This could fail to warn the driver of system problems, affecting continued safe operation of the vehicle.
The side impact air bags and/or seat air bags may deploy when not intended, due to being extra sensitive to nominal jarring by slamming vehicle doors or hitting road debris while driving. This could result in loss of vehicle control.
The hybrid system may enter a fail-safe mode as a result of electrical interference. This could disable the engine and require the vehicle to run solely on battery power. This would limit the vehicle speed to 40 miles per hour and cause the vehicle to stall when the battery loses its charge.
The internal drive pulley shaft of the transmission may become damaged due to improper software settings for transmission operation. This would cause transmission failure, possible wheel lock up and increase risk of a crash.
The passenger front air bag installed during the time of manufacturing is not compliant with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. As a result, they may put occupants at risk of injury in a crash.
The engine could stall or run rough due to failure of the ignition coils.
The tire placard that lists the proper tire size, inflation pressure and load capacity of the vehicle may be missing from the vehicle. This could result in improper tire sizes being installed on the vehicle, compromising vehicle operation and performance, as well as the tires becoming overloaded due to improper inflation pressure. Tire failure may result, which can cause an accident.
The third row seat belt may be trapped between the rear seat and rear sideliner. This would prevent the belt from being used to restrain occupants safely.
When deployed in a crash, the passenger front air bag inflator can rupture. As a result, metal fragments from the inflator can strike occupants.