Toyota is recalling sixteen models from the 2009 to 2013 model years over a potential issue with passenger seat airbag calibration. In spite of the large number of different Toyotas covered by the recall, just 3,235 units are included. These were vehicles installed with accessories like leather seat covers and headrest DVD systems by Southeast Toyota Distributors, and during the modifications the passenger seat occupant sensor system might not have been calibration tested. If the sensors aren't set up properly, the passenger airbag might not work as it should.

Affected models include: Avalon, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, Prius, Prius V, Rav4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra and Venza. Scroll down for the relevant model years for each.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that the recall will begin this month. Southeast Toyota will inform owners, at which time they can take their Toyotas to dealers for testing and repair. The complete bulletin from the NHTSA with more information is below.
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Report Receipt Date: JAN 16, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V014000

Toyota Products Associated with this Recall:
- 2009-2010 AVALON, FJ CRUISER, HIGHLANDER HYBRID
- 2009-2012 4RUNNER, CAMRY, CAMRY HYBRID, PRIUS, RAV4, TACOMA
- 2009-2013 HIGHLANDER, VENZA
- 2010-2012 SEQUOIA
- 2010-2013 COROLLA, SIENNA, TUNDRA
- 2012 PRIUS V

Component(s): AIR BAGS , SEATS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,235
Manufacturer: Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC

SUMMARY:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain models interspersed through model years 2009 through 2013 as follows: model year 2009-2012 Tacoma, 4Runner, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Prius, and RAV4; model year 2009-2010 Avalon, FJ Cruiser, and Highlander Hybrid; model year 2010-2013 model year Corolla, Sienna and Tundra; model year 2009-2013 Highlander and Venza; model year 2012 Prius V; and model year 2010-2012 Sequoia. During modification by SET to include accessories such as leather seat covers, seat heaters or headrest DVD systems, these vehicles may not have had the passenger seat occupant sensing system calibration tested. Without passing the calibration test, the occupant sensing system may not operate as designed.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the front passenger seat occupant sensing system is out of calibration, the front passenger airbags may not deploy or they may deploy inappropriately for the passenger's size and position. This could increase the risk of personal injury during the event of a vehicle crash necessitating airbag deployment.

REMEDY:
Southeast Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will test the sensitivity of the occupant detection sensors, and recalibrate them as necessary. The recall is expected to begin during January 2013. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      gabrielle
      • 6 Months Ago
      MY name Gabby on Jan the 8th 2014 I was driving my 2013 RAV4 & I was involved in a car accident when somebody caught me off I hit my brake lost the control off the car & hit a tree.my car was total lost but the airbags did not deployed.as the result my face was swelling& my rib on my right side broken.
      Jeanne Brown
      • 5 Months Ago
      Toyota will not take responsibility. It's time for new hearings on companies that knew about problems but still sold defective cars. This is criminal!
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        techie69
        • 1 Year Ago
        That\'s a sure truth, its the American way of doing business plus they know they will sell their junk to the public cause \"we are the local boys, we can\'t never be seen as doing wrong\" belief.
      techie69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good job Toyota, can get good suppliers at least you are not giving up on quality! The others players like GM and Ford are staying mum on the airbag calibration and also hoping nhtsa doesn\'t catch. Many reasons why your product outsells the competition.
        chanonissan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @techie69
        dude i am not a ford or GM fan, but dude come on, ford and gm do recall when it is necessary, do not be biased
      caddy-v
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another day, another Toyota recall.
      makasay
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota is not looking good right now, and they're still going to out sell everyone.
        Renaurd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @makasay
        That's because stupid cost nothing, and lots of people have a lifetime supply.
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        @makasay
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      AGSHOP
      • 1 Year Ago
      toyota....the never ending recall
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AGSHOP
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      PM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Title should really be Toyota Distributor is Recalling vehicles. This isn't a problem with the cars, but with the options/accessories that this one particular distributor installed.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is BD not posting on this thread?
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          Spies1
          • 1 Year Ago
          LOL, funny words coming from yomama6500, yomama6501, yomama6502, yomama6503, yomama6504, yomama6505... Damn, how many log ons do you use?
      carfan
      • 1 Year Ago
      can at least a week go by without a toyota recall???...is this smiley face toyoda guy bowing to his flock of idiot followers every time they recall one of these POS??? This guy must have a well exercised vertebra considering that he\'s spineless
      Donald Le
      • 1 Year Ago
      My wife was a passenger in a 2012 Toyota Corolla. The car has accelerated suddenly after making a left turn from a stop sign. The car hit an electric pole about less than 100 feet away and broke it in half. The driver (a friend) and my wife were very lucky for not getting the pole fall down on the car, it was hanging by big power lines. The car was going at least 35 mph, it struck the pole almost in the middle and guess what? the airbags did not pop-up to protect the passengers, driver/passenger/side airbags haven't worked... Toyota engineers said that they cannot find any problem. I have proof (a lot of pictures) that front airbag sensors were mounted on body part (piece of metal) that collapsed with the impact which will not activate the airbag control module or computer. I believe this is a design issue that could endanger Millions of Toyota Corolla's owners if Toyota Motors is delaying the investigation of this incident. My wife has been suffering neck, chest and back. I am lucky because I still have her, I don't know how many people will be as lucky as I was. This was happening in my birthday this year, Feb 20th 2013. Thanks for reading.
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