Toyota Matrix Recall 14V312000
Concern With Passenger Front Airbag
Body, Interior & Misc., June 11, 2014
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Our Quick Take:
The Passenger front airbag inflator could rupture upon deployment, increasing the risk of injury to vehicle occupants from flying debris.
What Should You Do?
As of this writing General Motors & Toyota have not yet announced a notification schedule for this recall. If you don't receive notification in a timely manner and believe you should have, please contact your Dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. Note: this recall supersedes previous recall #13V-133. Owners who have had recall 13V-133 completed should contact there dealer to see if further action is required.
When deployed, excessive pressure can build in the passenger front airbag. This could cause the inflator to rupture, increasing the risk of personal injury to vehicle occupants. This recall affects both originally installed passenger front airbags as well as those that were installed as replacement service parts. Toyota and General Motors will replace the passenger front airbag inflator on their respective vehicles involved in this recall.
Original Recall from the NHTSA
Model Year(s): 2003, 2004
Manufacturer's Report Date: June 11, 2014
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V312000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 844,277
Summary: Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2002-2004 Toyota Sequoia and Lexus SC and 2003-2004 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Tundra, and Pontiac Vibe vehicles to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal air bag inflator which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the air bag. This recall addresses both the passenger side frontal air bags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement air bags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. A replacement air bag may have been installed, as one example, if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger side frontal air bag.
Consequence: In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants.
Remedy: Toyota will notify owners of affected Toyota and Lexus vehicles and General Motors will notify owners of affected Pontiac Vibe vehicles. Toyota, Lexus, and GM dealers will replace the passenger side air bag inflator, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Pontiac Vibe owners may contact GM at 1-800-521-7300. IMPORTANT NOTE: This recall supersedes recall 13V-133 in which some vehicles were inspected and received a replacement inflator, while others were inspected but did not have their inflator replaced. All owners of vehicles that did not get an inflator replacement, or owners that do not know if they got an inflator replacement, should contact their Toyota or Lexus dealer.
Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration