Toyota has issued a voluntary safety recall for 119,000 2003-2004 Avalon models because in some cases the airbags could inadvertently deploy.

The automaker says that circuits within the airbag control module could be damaged by electrical noise, which could cause the front airbags and seatbelt pre-tensioners to activate. Dealers are going to repair cars by adding an electrical noise filter to the module. Owners will be notified by first class mail.

Toyota Public Affairs Manager Cindy Knight told Autoblog that there was one reported injury caused by the sudden deployment, but there have been no accidents or crashes. The company is currently preparing the parts for dealers now, and the component takes 90 minutes to two hours to install. "We don't believe there are any other affected models," said Knight.

Toyota previously recalled 373,000 2000-2004 Avalons in 2010 due to a fault with the steering lock. The company installed a new steering column bracket on the models.
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Toyota Announces Voluntary Safety Recall

March 27, 2014
TORRANCE, Calif., March 27, 2014 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall of approximately 119,000 MY 2003-2004 Avalon sedans.

In the involved Toyota Avalon vehicles, certain circuits within the airbag control module may be susceptible to damage if exposed to electrical noise from other electrical components. In some instances, front airbag(s) and/or seat belt pre-tensioners could inadvertently deploy.

Dealers will remedy the condition by adding an electrical noise filter to the airbag control module.

Owners of vehicles subject to these recalls will receive a notification by first class mail.

Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and by calling the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.


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      mbukukanyau
      • 8 Months Ago
      Toyota still refuses to be beaten at recalls. GM and Volkswagen are trying Hard, But Toyota just will not let that title go away that easily.
      Doug
      • 8 Months Ago
      What? How can this be? The owners must be getting tired or returning to the dealer constantly to fix these problems.
      Tim
      • 8 Months Ago
      I remember the first time I saw the second gen Avalon I thought to myself, "man, that's pretty clean for a 12 year old Camry"
      Roger Smith
      • 8 Months Ago
      What happens with the label on the B pillar to check or replace them every 10 years? We did it a Volvo back on the day,did anyone forget electronics can malfunction very easy and cars out of warranty never go to the main dealer,they are scare.....TIME FOR A NEW CHANGE ON THE INDUSTRY!
      vi_per
      • 8 Months Ago
      I am consistently surprised at how poorly Toyota's designs age. Old Corollas, Camrys, Lexus ES GS, etc. Looks like crap inside and out.
      jb.bradford
      • 8 Months Ago
      At least they are being honest and owning up to their mistakes. Could be worse though. They could be under scrutiny with another dark cloud over their heads about not replacing a 10 dollar ignition piece that's caused multiple fires.
        Doug
        • 8 Months Ago
        @jb.bradford
        Give me a break - honest?!?! They denied they had an acceleration problem (and don't quote me that NASA BS again), they petitioned to deny having to recall the cars afflicted by defective seat heaters and you call them honest?
      Beardinals
      • 8 Months Ago
      I hope they jailed the person that designed that car. It could be from the 1980s as easily as the 2000s.
      friend
      • 8 Months Ago
      "in some cases the airbags could inadvertently deploy" I hate it when that happens. Honda had the exact same recall (Honda also had another recall for shrapnel spraying airbags). I wonder if it's the same supplier.
      churchmotor
      • 8 Months Ago
      oh normc32. where are you normc32? look at the threads right above this one norm.
      Edd
      • 8 Months Ago
      Toyota Financial cheated me into paying $50 extra for 2012 Camry monthly lease. The only way to teach these folks a lesson is to never buy a Toyota again. Be careful and get the advertised price or walk away. Toyota Financial Services will cheat you if you are not careful.
      ihatedavebushell
      • 8 Months Ago
      Since all Avalons are driven by 80 year old blue hairs doing 15 mph, it probably won't be an issue if the airbag doesn't deploy!
      vi_per
      • 8 Months Ago
      I am consistently surprised at how poorly Toyota's designs age. Old Corollas, Camrys, Lexus ES GS, etc. Looks like crap inside and out. Like a who's who of "What the hell were they thinking".
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