It seems airbag issues continue to plague automakers to this day. The most recent airbag issue comes from Toyota. The Japanese automaker will soon be recalling nearly 3.4 million vehicles worldwide. Unlike the Takata inflator issue of the past, the new problem is that the airbag in these vehicles may not deploy in the event of an accident due to an electronic glitch.
The recall involves around 2.9 million vehicles in the US which include the 2011-2019 Corolla, 2011-2013 Matrix, 2012-2018 Avalon and 2013-2018 Avalon Hybrid. The vehicles listed here may have an electronic control unit with inadequate protection against electrical noise that occurs in crashes. As such, this might result in an incomplete or even non-deployment of the airbags. It could also prevent the operation of seatbelt pre-tensioners.
The faulty airbags were identified by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). According to the agency, two frontal event crashes, one of which was fatal, involved newer Toyota Corolla models. In both incidents, the electronic glitch is suspected as the likely cause of the airbags not deploying.
In order to fix the issue, Toyota dealerships in the US will inspect the airbag control module and determine whether the noise filter is necessary before installing it. The remedy will be at no cost to vehicle owners.
Considering that the Corolla is also offered locally, we have reached out to Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) to ask whether local units are also affected by the airbag issue in the US models. According to TMP, Toyota models sold in the Philippines will not be affected by this recall. If you happen to be a Toyota owner in the Philippines, no need to worry about your airbag not deploying in the event of an accident.