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Toyota Motor Corporation - Toyota Celica, Paseo, RAV4 & Starlet MY1997-1999 Recall. 29.06.2020

A recall notice for Toyota Celica, Paseo, RAV4 & Starlet MY1997-1999 supplied by Toyota Motor Corporation as the airbag inflators in these vehicles could allow moisture to enter the unit and degrade the airbag propellant. If this occurs, the properties of the propellant may be changed so that the propellant does not react as intended during an accident, causing misdeployment of the airbag.

Toyota Motor Corporation - Toyota Celica, Paseo, RAV4 & Starlet MY1997-1999

PRA No.

2020/18102

Date published

10 Jan 2020

Campaign number

VGG04 & VGG33

Product description

Toyota Celica (ST204)
Model Years 1997-1999
313 vehicles

Toyota Paseo (EL54)
Model Years 1997-1999
201 vehicles

Toyota RAV4 (SXA10 - 3 Door)
Model Years 1997-1999
171 vehicles

Toyota RAV4 (SXA11 - 5 Door)
Model Years 1997-1999
479 vehicles

Toyota Starlet (EP91 - 3 Door)
Model Years 1997-1999
12 283 vehicles

Toyota Starlet (EP91 - 5 Door)
Model Years 1997-1999
4 203 vehicles

Fitted with driver’s airbag containing a NADI 5-AT inflator
Total affected vehicles = 17 650

Identifying features

VIN (Vehicle identification number)

See attached VIN list

VIN list.xlsx (369.53 KB)

What are the defects?

The airbag inflators in these vehicles could allow moisture to enter the unit and degrade the airbag propellant. If this occurs, the properties of the propellant may be changed so that the propellant does not react as intended during an accident, causing misdeployment of the airbag.

What are the hazards?

If a vehicle with an affected airbag is involved in a collision, the airbag inflator could rupture, causing sharp metal fragments to enter the vehicle cabin at high speed and kill or injure vehicle occupants.

There is also a risk that the airbag may underinflate in a collision and may not protect the driver as intended.

What should consumers do?

Toyota Australia will contact all affected owners to advise of this recall action. Owners of affected vehicles should stop driving their vehicle immediately and contact their nearest/preferred Toyota dealership or Toyota Australia by calling the Toyota Australia Campaign Helpline on 1800 987 366 (Monday to Friday, 8am – 6pm AEDT) to organise their free urgent vehicle inspection . You can find your nearest authorised Toyota dealership by visiting https://www.toyota.com.au/find-a-dealer

If a recalled vehicle is identified as containing the affected type of driver airbag inflator, Toyota Australia will replace the airbag inflator free of charge .

If your vehicle is:

  1. registered for road use, Toyota Australia will provide a loan vehicle until replacement airbag inflators become available, currently expected in July 2020. Other assistance will be arranged on a case-by-case basis to minimise inconvenience.
  2. not registered for road use, Toyota Australia will arrange replacement of the airbag inflator, starting from October 2020.

Consumers who are unsure of whether they are affected by this recall can contact their nearest/preferred Toyota dealership or call the Toyota Australia Campaign Helpline at 1800 987 366 (Monday to Friday, 8am - 6pm AEDT). Consumers who are unsure if they are affected can also use Toyota’s VIN look-up tool at http://recalls.toyota.com.au/

Alternatively, consumers can use their registration plate number to check if their vehicle is affected by going to http://www.ismyairbagsafe.com.au

We also recommend you visit www.productsafety.gov.au/newsletter/subscribe to subscribe to receive updates about current and future recalls as they are published.

Further information for consumers is available at www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls

Supplier

Toyota Motor Corporation

Traders who sold this product

Authorised Toyota Dealers

Where the product was sold

Nationally

Responsible regulator

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications is the responsible regulator for this recall.