A small crack in some inflators in the driver and passenger side air bags
may expand, causing them to partially inflate.
Drivers who have bought air bags
online, or had their air bags
replaced by an independent repair shop in the last three years, or who purchased a used car that has been rebuilt or has had its air bags
replaced, are at risk.
were booked in February due to the port congestion caused by the International Long shore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) labor dispute and the air bag
Testing of thousands of air bags
to date has not produced any evidence that the passenger-side defect extends outside the high-humidity zone.
Safety regulators say Tuesday's action is based on incidents involving a death in California and an injury in North Carolina where the air bags
Toyota on Monday recalled passenger air bags
in 247,000 old vehicles that included the Corolla, Lexus SC, Matrix, Tundra and Sequoia.
On Monday, in an unusual warning, federal safety regulators urged the owners of more than 5 million vehicles to "act immediately'' to get the air bags
In each case, the air bags
are made by Japanese supplier Takata.
Toyota said water from the air conditioning condenser could leak onto the air bag
control module leading to a short circuit.
will recall 44,098 Pyzar compact wagons produced between August 1996 and June 2000 for a possible passenger-side air bag
malfunction, its report submitted to the transport ministry showed Wednesday.
1) Seat belts have been identified as a significant contributor to this trend, but opinion regarding the benefits of air bags
is in a state of flux.
Depending on the severity of a crash, air bags
may deploy at different levels of force: High-speed crashes require air bags
to deploy more aggressively than low-speed crashes do.