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The airbag spiral cable assembly (clockspring) in the steering column may fail. As a result, the driver's airbag may not deploy as expected in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Toyota will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning in early April 2012. Failure of the clockspring will cause the airbag warning light to illuminate. If the airbag warning light is on, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
Over time, vibration of the steering wheel while driving may damage the spiral cable assembly (clockspring). This is the electrical connection between the driver's airbag and the vehicle wiring harness. If damage occurs, the airbag warning lamp will illuminate and the driver's airbag may become deactivated. In the event of a crash, the driver's airbag may not deploy as expected, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the clockspring assembly to correct this concern.