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Toyota recalls vehicles with passenger front airbag issue

The passenger front airbag inflator may explode

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Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing is recalling 169,481 model year 2002-2005 Lexus SCs and Toyota Sequoias, model year 2003-2005 Toyota Corollas and Tundras, and model year 2003-2007 Pontiac Vibes.

The vehicles are equipped with airbag inflators assembled as part of the passenger front airbag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger front airbag, the inflators may explode due to propellant degradation.

An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

This recall includes vehicles that have had their airbag previously replaced under an earlier recall.

What to do

Toyota will notify the Toyota and Lexus owners. General Motors will notify the Pontiac Vibe owners.

Depending on the vehicle model, dealers will replace the front passenger airbag inflator with an alternate inflator, or replace the airbag assembly that includes an alternate inflator, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin January 14, 2019.

Owners may contact Toyota customer service at (888) 270-9371, Lexus customer service at (800) 255-3987 or Pontiac customer service at (800) 762-2737.

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