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Recall: 2003-2004 Toyota Avalon for Airbag Issue

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/31/2014 Erick Ayapana

Toyota is recalling at least 119,000 model year 2003 and 2004 Avalon sedans for a possible issue with the airbag and/or the seat belt pretensioner system inadvertently deploying.


The Problem: The affected vehicles have supplemental restraint system circuits that could experience an electric short. The issue could cause abnormal current flow and heat, which could then damage the circuits and inadvertently deploy the front air bags and/or the seat belt pretensioners. The automaker received at least three reports of the issue. In one car, Toyota determined that excessive electrical noise was created by operating the power front passenger seats. Moving the seats forward or backward could cause "latch-up and electrical overstress" to the restraint system. the NHTSA reports that this recall is not related to the airbag recall that affected model year 2003 and 2004 Corolla and Matrix vehicles. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

The Fix: Toyota will install a noise filter between the air bag control module and wire harness free of charge. The automaker has yet to notify owners, but can be reached at 800-331-4331 for more information.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: The recall affects at least 119,140 model year 2003 and 2004 Avalon sedans manufactured from June 5, 2002 to December 20, 2004.

Source: NHTSA

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