A second recall for the Prius, Auris, Lexus CT200h, Lexus HS250h, and various other models pertain to the emissions control system. Over time, the evaporative emissions system could develop cracks that could lead to fuel leaks when the gas tank is full. This recall is for 2.87 million vehicles worldwide. No recall for US-market cars has been issued at this time.
The Problem: The curtain airbags in the Prius and CT200h use inflators consisting of two chambers welded together. Some cars, particularly those that sit parked for an extended period of time, can develop a crack in that weld. If the inflator chambers separate, the curtain airbag could inflate and the inflators could enter the vehicle.
For the evaporative emissions recall, Toyota says improper design of the evaporative emissions channels in car with a system mounted in the fuel tank could lead to cracks in those channels.
Injuries/Deaths: None reported.
The Fix: Toyota will install retention brackets that will prevent the inflators from entering the vehicle if separation occurs.
In the emissions case, Toyota will replace the evaporative emissions canister with an improved design.
If You Own One: Owners in the United States will be notified by first-class mail with further instructions.
The involved vehicles are equipped with curtain shield air bags (CSA) in the driver and passenger side roof rails that have air bag inflators composed of two chambers welded together. Some inflators could have a small crack in the weld area joining the chambers, which could grow over time, and lead to the separation of the inflator chambers. This has been observed when the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time. If an inflator separates, the CSA could partially inflate, and, in limited circumstances, one or both sections of the inflator could enter the interior of the vehicle. If an occupant is present in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury.
All known owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail. Toyota and Lexus dealers will install retention brackets on the curtain shield air bag inflators at no cost. These retention brackets are designed to prevent the inflator chambers from entering the vehicle interior if separation occurs.
Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is subject to change over time. For the most up-to-date Safety Recall information on Lexus, Toyota and Scion customers should check their vehicle's status by visiting http://www.toyota.com/recall and entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the NHTSA site: safercar.gov/vin. For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987.