We write a lot about the design flaws in Takata airbags and inflators. Unfortunately, they are not the only ones making faulty crash safety equipment. Toyota has a recall of 2.9 million vehicles in the U.S. as well as another 500,000 located outside the country because of safety equipment manufactured by TRW Automotive Holdings. The reason for the recall is the airbag control unit’s failure to interpret the signals from crash sensors correctly.

The manufacturer claims that the likelihood is extremely low; nonetheless, the malfunction occurs in situations when there is a severe crash when wedging the vehicle’s front end under the back of the vehicle it hits. This would most likely happen if the other vehicle were a semi-truck, pick-up truck or van. The deployment malfunction involves the seatbelt failing to tighten as designed when there is a crash and a failure of the airbag to inflate.

The list of recalled vehicles

Toyota Corollas makes up a vast majority of this recall, with over 2.5 million cars recalled. The complete list is:

  • 2011-2019 Corolla
  • 2011-2013 Matrix
  • 2012-2018 Avalon
  • 2013-2018 Avalon hybrid sedans

These faulty control units were also installed in other manufacturers. Kia, Hyundai, Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep already issued recalls for the control unit, but to date, there are none from Honda, Mitsubishi and others who also installed the control unit.

These vehicles are unsafe

It is best to check to make sure your Toyota or other brand does not use these controllers. While most manufacturers say that they are happy to replace this part, car owners may still run into problems getting dealers to do the work. Those who feel that the manufacturer or dealer is not honoring the recall should contact an experienced Lemon law attorney here in California.