Toyota Motor North America is recalling approximately 7,600 model year 2016 Prius vehicles in the U.S.
The recalled vehicles are equipped with a front passenger airbag containing stored, compressed gas in the inflator. A component in the airbag assembly may have been improperly welded and/or misassembled. If this occurs, the stored gas may escape without a deployment signal and result in the partial inflation of the air bag. This has been observed when the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time.
An airbag that inflates in this manner can, under some circumstances, increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a crash.
What to do
Toyota will notify all known owners of the recalled vehicles by first class mail beginning in November and Toyota dealers will replace the front passenger airbag assembly with a new one at no cost.
Owners may call Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987.