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2014 - 2015 Toyota Prius V being recalled for non-deploying airbags

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On: Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 2:08PM | By: Teddy Field


2014 - 2015 Toyota Prius V being recalled for non-deploying airbags

The Toyota Prius V is undoubtedly the ‘Big Momma’ of the Prii family. It offers lots of passenger room and the cargo capacity of a tall wagon. Plus it gets like a million miles-to-the-gallon, thanks to Toyota’s super-thrifty hybrid Synergy Drive system. But front seat passengers might not get the benefit of airbag protection in a crash. Click through to find out why…

Like most new cars, the 2014 - 2015 Toyota Prius V uses a sensor to detect the presence and size of a passenger in the front passenger seat. If the occupant is too small, the computer will deactivate the airbag to prevent serious injury in a crash. Problem is, some of the sensors used in Toyota’s Occupant Classification System (OCS) weren’t properly calibrated, which could result in a non-deploying airbag. Even if the passenger is big enough to need it.

Toyota says that 5,000 2014 - 2015 Toyota Prius V models are affected, but no injuries or deaths have been reported. Naturally, dealers will recalibrate the OCS sensors free of charge.

Here is the official press release from Toyota:

TORRANCE, Calif., January 15, 2015 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., today announced plans to conduct a safety recall of approximately 5,000 Model Year 2014-2015 Prius V vehicles.

In the involved vehicles, the front passenger seat is equipped with an Occupant Classification System (OCS), which activates/deactivates the passenger seat air bag system depending on the weight of the seat occupant. There is a possibility that some OCSs may not have been calibrated properly during the vehicle manufacturing process. Under some conditions, this could result in no deployment of an airbag, increasing the risk of an injury to a front seat passenger in the event of crash.

Toyota is not aware of any injuries or fatalities caused by this condition.

Owners of the involved vehicles will receive a notification by first class mail. Toyota dealers will recalibrate the Occupant Classification System properly.

Detailed information is available at www.toyota.com/recall and by calling Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331.

Customer Contacts
Detailed information is available to customers at:
Toyota Customer Experience Center
1-800-331-4331
www.toyota.com/recall

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