Toyota Motor is recalling 5, 000 new Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h crossovers from the 2016 model year to fix issues related to airbags.
The automaker recently announced in a statement it is conducting a safety recall of approximately 5,000 2016 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h models. The affected vehicles have a driver’s knee airbag that “may not have been properly manufactured.” The defect could increase the risk of injury in a crash, though no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of this issue, Toyota said. Owners of the RX models will be notified by mail and dealers will inspect and replace the airbag assembly if warranted. Toyota did not have a specific number of how many of the affected RX models have been delivered to customers. The issue is not related to the ongoing Takata airbag crisis that has affected approximately 24 million vehicles in the US and which has been linked to 11 deaths. The airbags in the Lexus RX models were supplied by Gosei, the Japanese supplier in which Toyota owns a 43 percent stake.
Lexus officially pulled the wraps off the new 2016 RX models at the 2015 New York Auto Show. The RX 350 has a 3.5 liter V6 direct injected gasoline plant under its hood, rated at 295 HP and 362 Nm. Power is being sent to the wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. The RX 450h on the other hand is making use of a 3.5 liter direct-injected V6 hybrid engine, which is an evolution of the six-cylinder base unit, with a total output of 308 HP and 335 Nm.