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From Products Liability Law Daily, April 9, 2014

Toyota to recall nearly 6.4 million vehicles

By Joe Bichl

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling approximately 6.39 million vehicles worldwide, including almost 1.8 million in the United States, for problems with air bags that may not deploy or seats that could move in a crash, the automaker said in a news release.

The air bag troubles affect about 1.3 million vehicles in the United States, including the 2009-10 Corolla, 2009-10 Matrix, 2008-10 Highlander, 2009-10 Tacoma, 2006-08 RAV4, and 2006-10 Yaris vehicles.

According to Toyota, the driver’s airbag module in the recalled vehicles is attached to a spiral cable assembly with electrical connections that could become damaged when the steering wheel is turned. If this occurs, the air bag warning lamp will illuminate. In addition, the driver’s air bag could become deactivated, causing it to not deploy in the event of a crash, the automaker warned.

Toyota is not aware of any injuries or fatalities caused by this condition.

Remedy. Toyota is currently preparing the remedy for this condition. For all involved vehicles, a Toyota dealer will replace the spiral cable with an improved one. Once preparations are complete, Toyota will send an owner notification letter by first class mail and the remedy will be provided at no charge.

Contact information. For more information, consumers can contact Toyota at www.toyota.com/recall, the Toyota Customer Experience at 1 800-331-4331,www.lexus.com/recall, and Lexus Customer Satisfaction (1 800-255-3987).

Companies: Toyota Motor Corp.

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