The 2016 Toyota Prius is starting off with the wrong foot as a service campaign has already been issued because an improper weld could cause a leak of compressed gas out of the airbag inflator.
The Japanese automaker has decided to service a total of 7, 600 Toyota Prius units in the United States because the latest generation hybrid has a potentially serious issue with the airbags. The automaker has discovered the compressed gas in the inflator for the front passenger airbag could leak over time because of an improper weld. Then if the airbag is deployed it might not have sufficient gas left to fully inflate – increasing the risk to the occupants. Toyota announced it would contact affected owners starting November and dealers will then proceed to completely replace the front passenger airbag assembly.
This is the first recall involving the fourth-generation Prius in the United States, and the model has proven its safety until now. It got a recent top evaluation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and also holds a five-star rating from Euro NCAP. The 2017 Prius goes from $25, 550 in the United States and has a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine running on the Atkinson cycle and an electric motor with a total output of 121 horsepower (90 kilowatts).