Toyota’s Recalling Nearly A Million Vehicles In The US Over Hybrid And Airbag Issues

Toyota has announced the recall of nearly a million vehicles in the United States, split between two campaigns.

The larger of the two is for the Prius – specifically, the 2010-14 Prius and 2012-14 Prius V. The problem affecting these dedicated hybrid vehicles is with their Intelligent Power Module in the inverter, which could be inundated with “excessive voltage” and cause the entire powertrain to shut down and the vehicle to stall.

The issue affects an estimated 807,329 vehicles in the United States, which represents the vast majority of Prius family vehicles that Toyota sold here over the course of the model years in question. So if you have a 2010-14 Prius or Prius V in your driveway, you can expect to hear from the manufacturer to arrange a time to bring your vehicle in to your local dealer and have the ECU updated.

The second recall affects a smaller number (but greater variety) of Toyota vehicles – namely the 2018-19 Tundra and Seqouia and the 2019 Avalon and Avalon Hybrid. The problem here comes down to the airbag control unit, which could malfunction and fail to deploy the airbags in the event of a collision. A total of 168,187 vehicles will need to be brought in under this recall to have their airbag ECUs reprogrammed. That number pretty well matches the number of Tundras, Sequoias, and Avalons that Toyota sold in the US last year.

The combined number of vehicles affected under the two recall campaigns comes to 975,516. Last week Toyota issued another recall for the rear axle on the C-HR, but that only affected 700 vehicles.

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  • Nihar

    Yet, critics will still claim Toyota is perfect.

    • PhilMcGraw

      Nobody says that Toyota is perfect. What they say is that Toyota is the most reliable out of all of the car brands. You might think that a recall like this would say otherwise, but when you talk about reliability you are more so talking about the breakdown of regularly used components. For example, in a car like a BMW or a Mercedes you might have all sorts of components that will need to be replaced (and at a greater cost) in a 5 year timespan than a Toyota or Lexus will in the same time period.

      And when you look at massive recalls such as this, you have to remember that it does not necessarily mean EVERY vehicle has this problem or will exhibit the problem but that they are taking the proactive steps to ensure that no vehicle does. If you read the recall you will see that it may have affected 10 vehicles and so they decided to perform a recall. 10 vehicles exhibiting a problem out of 1 million is a very small amount.

      • Miknik

        Exactly; ALso, all these mentioned Toyota recalls are not exactly stories , where a problem was already massive, or you have even heard of it before (at least me); This is how a recall should be, do it before it’S a big thing, unlike many cars that have a known problem for years, and the maker is denying or ignoring it, until at some point it is to exploited in media so they decide finally to do sthg….

      • TheHake

        Well they spend almost no time on vehicle design, so they MUST at least be reliable…

    • Dude

      Who is saying that? All automakers have recalls. Toyota is still more reliable than all others really.

  • ErnieB

    Toyota should destroy them and try to design something worth looking at!

    • Dennis Scipio

      Jokes aside, recalls should be taken seriously if anybody owns these particular vehicles.

  • Ken Lyns

    Just software updates. Tesla probably does this over the air on a weekly basis…

  • :/ Yurr

    Dang Toyota yall are going through the struggle with these recalls.

  • Bash

    Wow, Not even one single nice face! Its very clear when putting their cars next to each other like that.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Camry is fUgly, my god

  • ksegg

    As punishment, Toyota should delay the Supra 20 more years.

    Wait nevermind, that’s their normal project management road map schedule.

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