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Recall 18V569000

Seat Belt Buckles Show Belts As Always Buckled

Recall Details

The seat belt inner buckles may have been replaced with parts that may incorrectly tell the air bag management system that the seat belts are always buckled. This would result in possible improper air bag deployment in an accident. Dealers will test the seat belt assembly to verify that it is properly detecting the belt being unbuckled, and will replace the inner seat belt assembly as needed free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The inner seat belt buckles may detect the seat belts as always latched, when they may not be. If this is the case, it would prevent proper deployment of the vehicle's air bags in the event of an accident. This increases risk of occupant injury.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Toyota must be performed by a Toyota dealership. Toyota will notify known owners of affected vehicles (a timetable of this notification is not available as of the time of this writing). If you do 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 incomplete recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with. The Toyota recall number is J0S.

Affected Cars

Body, Interior & Misc., August 29, 2018

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
August 29, 2018
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
19,354
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
18V569000
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2012 Toyota Avalon vehicles. During a vehicle repair, the seat belt inner buckles may have been replaced with parts that may incorrectly tell the air bag management system that the seat belt is always buckled.
Consequence
If the seat belt is falsely interpreted as being buckled, in the event of a crash, the air bags may not deploy appropriately, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will test the seat belt assembly to verify that it is properly detecting being unbuckled, replacing the inner seat belt assembly as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is J0S.
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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