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Defective Airbags Linked to Serious Injuries and Even Death

Defective airbags have been linked to seriuos injuries and even death. Toyota has issued two additional recalls affecting some Toyota and Lexus vehicles due to an increase risk of serious injuries. Toyota is recalling certain model year 2003-2006 Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX470, 2005-2006 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia, 2004-2006 Toyota 4Runner and Lexus GX470 vehicles equipped with side curtain-shield-air bags. The affected vehicles have an air bag control module that may be improperly programmed, causing the side curtain-shield-air bags to deploy inadvertently. If the side curtain-shield-air bags deploy unexpectedly, it can increase the risk of occupant injury. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the air bag control module with one that has improved programming, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 2, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-271-9371. Toyota's number for this recall is G0C and GLB. The second recall is also an airbag issue affecting 2016 Lexus RX350 and RX450h vehicles manufactured November 16, 2015, to December 23, 2015. Due to an improper weld, the gas needed to inflate the driver's knee air bag may escape from the inflator. A defective inflator may increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash. Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the knee air bag assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin March 27, 2016. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's number for this recall is GLA. Please take recalls seriously. Take a look at our recent blogs to see an additional list of defective airbag recalls and defective brakes affecting a wide range of car manufacturers including Chevrolets, Fords, Honda, Infiniti, Dodge, Acura, Subaru and Chrysler. 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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