Toyota Motor Corp. (TM - Analyst Report) plans to recall 11,000 units of Scion iQ mini cars due to a defect that is preventing their airbags from deploying properly. The recall will affect 2012–2013 model year iQs, manufactured between July 31, 2011 and October 12, 2012.
According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the front passenger air bags in the vehicles are having difficulty to deploy when needed, or deploy in a wrong way, causing potential injury. The problem originates from a certain cable that could be damaged when the car’s passenger seat is moved forward or backward.
Toyota will start notifying the vehicle owners and recall the vehicles in December. Dealers will install a protective cover on the cable to prevent it from being damaged.
A few days back, Toyota announced a worldwide recall of 2.77 million vehicles after its major recall of 7.43 million vehicles last month. The recall involved 14 models including the Prius hybrid and 2000–2006 Corolla compact sedans that are subject to inspection and repair due to a problem with their steering and water-pump systems.