There are no reports of injuries.
Toyota will recall about 3.4 million vehicles worldwide across two safety campaigns. The Japanese automaker will repair 2.87 million examples of the Prius and Corolla because the fuel tank emissions control canisters can crack and potentially leak gas. Separately, the company will fix 1.43 million examples of the Prius and Lexus CT200h because the side curtain airbags can partially inflate while the vehicles are parked. There will be 932,000 of these models that will need both repairs, Automotive News reports.
In the United States, there will be 482,000 examples of 2010-2012 Prius, 2010 and 2012 Prius Plug-in, and 2011-2012 Lexus CT200h that will need the curtain airbag repair. The parts' inflators have two chambers, and there could be a crack in the weld that joins the sections. This can allow the component inadvertently to inflate. “In limited circumstances, one or both sections of the inflator could enter the interior of the vehicle,” Toyota said in a statement.
Dealers will install a retention bracket that will prevent the inflator from entering the cabin if the weld separates. The company will begin notifying owners in the U.S. by first-class mail soon.
The fuel tank recall won't affect any vehicles in the U.S. According to Automotive News, Toyota has no reports of accidents, injuries, or fatalities from either of these problems. However, Autoliv, the curtain airbag’s supplier, knows of some cases of partial inflations in the Prius after exposure to temperature changes.
Source: Automotive News, Toyota
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TOYOTA RECALLS CERTAIN PRIUS AND LEXUS CT VEHICLES
PLANO, Texas, June 28, 2016 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. today announced that it is conducting a safety recall of approximately 482,000 Model Year 2010 - 2012 Prius; 2010 and 2012 Prius Plug-In Hybrids and 2011 and 2012 Lexus CT200h vehicles.
The involved vehicles are equipped with curtain shield air bags (CSA) in the driver and passenger side roof rails that have air bag inflators composed of two chambers welded together. Some inflators could have a small crack in the weld area joining the chambers, which could grow over time, and lead to the separation of the inflator chambers. This has been observed when the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time. If an inflator separates, the CSA could partially inflate, and, in limited circumstances, one or both sections of the inflator could enter the interior of the vehicle. If an occupant is present in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury.
All known owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail. Toyota and Lexus dealers will install retention brackets on the curtain shield air bag inflators at no cost. These retention brackets are designed to prevent the inflator chambers from entering the vehicle interior if separation occurs.
Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is subject to change over time. For the most up-to-date Safety Recall information on Lexus, Toyota and Scion customers should check their vehicle’s status by visiting http://www.toyota.com/recall and entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site:safercar.gov/vin. For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987.