Toyota launched a recall impacting 138,000 vehicles that were manufactured in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Impacted vehicles include the Celica and Supra coupes as well as the widely popular RAV4 SUVs.
According to the manufacturer, the vehicles are part of a larger Takata airbag recall.
Because these cars come with airbags that were not properly sealed, they can either not deploy with enough force, or they can implode with too much force, causing the metal inflator to rupture and blow several small metal parts into the car cabin. If occupants are impacted by the fragments, they can suffer serious and even deadly injuries.
The airbag models in these recently recalled vehicles differ from other Takata-related recalls as they are of a different design. They were produced between May 1, 1995 and August 31, 1999 and they have non-azide driver frontal airbag inflators (NADI).
BMW, Honda, Isuzu, Audi, Acura, and Mitsubushi also used the same airbags in many of their vehicles.
According to US regulators with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there have been two fatalities and one injury outside the country related to this particular airbag model.
If You Own One Of These Toyota Vehicles, Act Fast
Impacted models include the 1998 through 2000 Toyota RAV4 SUVs, the 1998 and 1999 Toyota RAV4 EVs, and the 1997 and 1998 Toyota Supra and Toyota Celica coupes.
Toyota expects to begin contacting impacted vehicle owners on March 22, 2020. Until then, if you own one of the recalled vehicles and you worry about your safety, reach out to Toyota to have any questions or concerns addressed.
Once Toyota sends you a notification in the mail, schedule a visit to a local dealership to have your airbag inflators replaced. Any repairs related to this campaign should be performed for free.
For more on this recall campaign and more detailed information on the recalled car units, follow this link.