Heads up owners of certain models of the RAV4 and Prius, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) recently issued a special service campaign. This is in regard to faulty driver airbag inflators on select 1997 – 1999 Toyota RAV4 models, as well as the replacement of the driver side seat inner belt of certain 2016 – 2018 model year Toyota Prius.
According to the automaker, the affected RAV4 models carry a front airbag inflator that does not have a key component called phase stabilized ammonium nitrate. Over time, the propellant in these inflators may absorb moisture which could lead to slow deployment of the device, or rupture the inflator during deployment. Should an abnormal deployment of the airbag inflator happen, the likelihood of an injury in the event of a crash could increase.
As for the Prius, due to an improper assembly of the electrical contacts in the driver side seat belt reminder switch, there is a possibility that the driver's seat belt reminder system's contacts will experience abnormal wear after repeated use of the seat belt. The resulting effect may cause a buildup of residue wherein the driver's seat belt reminder system may not turn off even when the seat belt is correctly fastened due to a short circuit between the contacts.
The company will replace the front driver airbag inflator module with a new one, as well as the driver side seat inner belt, free of charge to their customers. Toyota is now currently preparing the replacement parts and will notify the affected customers through official notification letters (ONL) in order to bring their vehicles to authorized dealerships and have the parts replaced.
A total of 1,157 units of the RAV4 are affected and cover those built from June 6, 1997, to August 17, 1999. Meanwhile, a total of 81 units of the Prius are part of the special service campaign and cover models that were assembled from November 27, 2015, to September 27, 2017.
Toyota Motor Philippines reiterated that notified owners should immediately bring their vehicles to authorized dealerships in order to have the faulty components replaced with new ones.