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Recall 15V013000

Passenger Frontal Air Bag Fails To Deploy In A Crash

Recall Details

Sensors in the passenger seat detect the presence of a seated passenger and may not be calibrated properly. These sensors determine whether the vehicle's airbag systems should be deployed in the event of a crash. As a result, the air bag may not deploy as needed in a crash, increasing risk of injury to a passenger. Dealers will re-calibrate the occupant detection system free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The passenger frontal air bag may not deploy in a crash, due to the system that detects a passenger sitting in the front seat not being properly calibrated. This would increase risk of injury to the passenger in a crash.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Toyota must be performed by a Toyota dealership. Toyota began notifying known owners of affected vehicles beginning in February, 2015. If you did not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Toyota dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Affected Cars

Body, Interior & Misc., January 16, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
January 16, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
4,971
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
15V013000
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Toyota Prius V vehicles manufactured November 7, 2013, to January 7, 2015. The occupant classification system (OCS) that activates or deactivates the passenger seat air bag system may be improperly calibrated. As a result, the passenger air bag may not deploy in a vehicle crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
Consequence
If the air bag does not deploy as intended, there is an increased risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Remedy
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will re-calibrate of the OCS system, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin February 15, 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
Notify
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.
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