Driving One of These Cars? Manufacturer Says to Get Off the Road
The last thing any car owner wants is a mandatory safety recall on their vehicle. These usually mean that something is wrong with the car that requires immediate attention and will impact their day-to-day driving.
In this specific case, Toyota is urging all drivers of specific vehicles to get off the road immediately.
Certain Toyota vehicles are fitted with Takata airbags, which are full of Ammonium Nitrate, the chemical that allows the bags to inflate. This chemical, however, deteriorates over time when exposed to heat and humidity which can cause the airbags to not function properly.
This issue is a massive problem for drivers as airbags are usually the last line of defense in a wreck to prevent brain and body injuries. The mechanism may explode as well, shooting shrapnel through the car which can cause serious injury or death.
Toyota has also issued a warning on certain vehicles' airbags not deploying at all in the front seats, which brings the same problem as before.
What Vehicles Are Affected?
Not every Toyota is in peril, but the ones that are are incredibly common. There are three cars in need of immediate recall, with those being:
- 2003-2004 Corolla
- 2003-2004 Corolla Matrix
- 2004-2005 RAV4
If you own one of these cars, Toyota is urging you to stay off the road until the safety recall repair is completed, which the company is offering for free.
Toyota is attempting to reach all owners of these vehicles, but if you'd like to see if your car is at risk, visit toyota.com/recall or nhtsa.gov/recalls and enter your license plate number or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
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