toyota-recallsChicago – Toyota announced on Thursday that it is recalling more than 300 000 sport utility vehicles in the United States to fix faulty airbag sensors.

The automaker said the sensors – which are designed to detect vehicle roll angle – can malfunction and inadvertently cause the side curtain airbag and seatbelt to be activated.

The sensor malfunction does not prevent the airbag from deploying during a collision, Toyota said in a statement.

A Toyota spokesperson said the Japanese automaker has received defect-related reports of “minor injuries, including a report of a person’s hand being cut by a seatbelt in March”.

The recall affects 214 000 RAV4 vehicles and 94 000 Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years. – Sapa-AFP

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