Recall roundup: Toyota RAV4 image

The Japanese based automaker Toyota has recently announced a recall of the 2011 RAV4 models because of some airbag problems.

While the competition at Mazda is announcing the starting price for the new CX-5 generation, things aren’t going that well for Toyota, who had to announce a recall for its RAV4 model. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the airbag inflators’ initiators had the wrong propellant used in the production, and both side curtains might fail to deploy in a possible collision. The NHTSA is saying that only a small number of the Toyota RAV4, made between November 24, 2011 and December 19, 2011, will be affected by this recall, which translates to 427 units.

Toyota or the feds at NHTSA didn’t say whether reports about this problem have been received from owners of the above mentioned model or if any crashes or injuries happened because of the airbag issue. Toyota will begin notifying the 2011 RAV4 owners soon, but in the mean time, they can contact the car manufacturer at 800-331-4331 (Toyota North America) or the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236. Dealers will inspect vehicles and replace the side curtain airbags if needed free of charge in early March, when the recall will begin.