In recent news, millions of Toyota were recalled for air bags exploding during crashes. Upon deployment, the explosive device that inflates the air bag could actually burst, sending metal shards flying at you at a high rate of speed. In some cases, the injuries sustained from the air bag failure would cause more injuries than the accident itself.
Dealers across the country prepared for more 500,000 Toyota vehicles to come in for repair in the U.S. alone. Models included 2001-2003 Toyota Corolla, Sequoia, Tundra, Matrix, and the Lexus SC 430. Takata, the manufacturer of the specific air bag with the problem, said it was possible the wafers were produced with low compaction force causing malfunction under pressure. It was also said that a specific plant in Mexico might have exposed the canister to too much moisture, causing absorption beyond capacity and air bag expansion.
Finding out that you’ve been driving an unsafe vehicle for over 10 years really puts a lot of other things into perspective. It shows exactly why regular maintenance checks are so important. Visiting a Toyota repair shop could have resulted in identification of this problem sooner. The technicians may have noticed a code in the computer or some other signal that something was wrong with the air bag.
Always keep up on routine maintenance of your vehicle. PR Motorsports in Hayward is a Toyota repair shop that looks for any indication of a potential future problem. When you come in, your vehicle will receive prompt and thorough service. The experienced A.S.E Certified Technicians of PR Motorsports are trained to identify even the smallest of issues because a small issue can become a major one without prompt repair. Call or come in to schedule Toyota repair today.