Today, Toyota and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the launch of a safety recall for the super subcompact Toyota Yaris. Apparently, the driver and front passenger seat belt pretensioners found in 2006-2007 Yaris models may affect the sound insulating foam in the center pillar when deployed. No big deal, right? Toyota spokesman Brian R. Lyons explained the recall to the Detroit Free Press in layman’s terms, doing a significantly better job of stressing the severity of the recall. According to Lyons, in the even of a severe front-impact collision, the seatbelt pretensioners in the Yaris automatically lock, emitting a gas that could ignite the sound-insulating foam in the pillar nearby.
Fortunately, no incidents related to the recall issue have been reported in the U.S.
Toyota Announces Safety Recall on Select Vehicles
Torrance, Calif., January 28, 2009 – – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. will launch a Safety Recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) involving approximately 134,900 Yaris vehicles sold in the United States.
The Yaris is equipped with driver and front passenger seat belt pretensioners that retract the seat belts to begin absorbing the occupant’s forward momentum when a severe frontal impact is detected. On 2006 through 2007 model year Yaris, Toyota has determined that the seat belt pretensioner deployment may affect the sound insulating foam in the center pillar, following a collision.
There are no reported cases of this condition in the United States and no other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved.
Toyota will inform owners of the involved vehicles with a Safety Recall notification via first-class mail beginning in early February. Owners are requested to contact their local Toyota dealer for repair. The repair will take approximately one hour, depending on the dealer’s workload.
Customers with questions or concerns should contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.