Thursday, December 21, 2023

Canada: Toyota recalling 100,000 vehicles in Canada for airbag defect

CBC News has the story.

Toyota says it is recalling one million vehicles — about a tenth of them in Canada and the rest in the USA — over a defect that could cause airbags not to deploy, increasing the risk of injury.

A so-called airbag is a vehicle occupant-restraint system using a bag designed to inflate extremely quickly, then quickly deflate during a collision. It consists of an airbag cushion, a flexible fabric bag, an inflation module, and an impact sensor. The purpose of the airbag is to provide a vehicle occupant with soft cushioning and restraint during a collision. It can really reduce injuries between the flailing occupant and the interior of the vehicle.

The airbag provides an energy-absorbing surface between the vehicle's occupants and a steering wheel, instrument panel, body pillar, headliner, and windshield, for example. Modern vehicles may contain up to ten airbag modules in various configurations, including driver, passenger, side-curtain, seat-mounted, door-mounted, B and C-pillar mounted side-impact, knee bolster, inflatable seat belt, and certain pedestrian airbag modules.

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