2002-2005 Toyota Front Passenger Airbag Inflator Recall J0A

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Subject: Safety Recall J0A – Remedy
2003-2008 Model Year Matrix
2003-2005 Model Year Corolla
2003-2005 Model Year Tundra
2002-2005 Model Year Sequoia
Non-Desiccated Front Passenger Airbag Inflator – “Like for Like” Replacement (Zone A)


On January 30, 2018, Toyota filed an Information Report (IR) with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identifying certain vehicles involved in the fifth phase of the Takata recall (due to begin in 2019) and informing the agency of our intent to pull ahead the remedy on the vehicles described below because parts are now available:

2003-2008 Matrix

On December 12, 2018, Toyota filed an Information Report (IR) with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identifying certain vehicles involved in the fifth phase of the Takata recall (due to begin in 2020) and informing the agency of our intent to pull ahead the remedy on the vehicles described below because parts are now available:

2003-2005 Corolla
2003-2005 Tundra
2002-2005 Sequoia

Condition:
The subject vehicles are equipped with front passenger airbag inflators produced by Takata. The propellant in these inflators may degrade after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity and fluctuating high temperatures. Degraded propellant can cause the inflator to explode during airbag deployment. In the event of an inflator explosion, metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material, striking the vehicle occupants, and result in serious injury or death.

Background Toyota previously recalled these vehicles under Safety Recalls D0F, DSF, and E04 due to this condition. During the remedy for these Safety Recalls, some vehicles were repaired with a Phase Stabilized Ammonium Nitrate (PSAN) inflator manufactured by Takata without a drying agent called desiccant. Vehicles that were repaired using PSAN inflators without desiccant are now involved in Safety Recall J0A.

While Takata has not yet declared the airbag inflators in these vehicles defective based on the schedule specified in a Consent Order between NHTSA and Takata , Toyota is conducting this field action ahead of schedule due to the availability of parts and sufficient dealer capacity to repair these vehicles.

Note: Some vehicles repaired under Safety Recalls DSF and E04 ARE NOT included in Safety Recall J0A, because they were repaired with a different style inflator.

Remedy:
The remedy will consist of the replacement of the front passenger airbag inflator or airbag assembly at NO CHARGE to the vehicle owner.

Zone Descriptions:
Time, temperature, and humidity have been found by NHTSA and multiple independent investigations to contribute to significant propellant degradation that can lead to an unreasonable risk of an inflator explosion. Based on this information, NHTSA has identified the specific states and U.S. territories for each of the three Zones.

ZONE A - J0A:
Zone A vehicles are identified as having been originally sold, currently registered, or previously registered in a Zone A state or US territory: AL, CA, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, SC, TX, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Saipan, and the US Virgin Islands. These states and U.S. territories have been identified as having high temperature cycling and humidity. Time in service until significant propellant degradation may occur is projected at between 6-9 years.

ZONE B - J0B:
Zone B vehicles are identified as having been originally sold, currently registered, or previously registered in a Zone B states: AZ, AR, DE, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MO, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NC, OH, OK, PA, TN, VA, WV, and the District of Columbia. These states have been identified as having moderate temperature cycling and humidity. Time in service until significant propellant degradation may occur is projected at between 10-15 years.

ZONE C – J0C:
Zone C vehicles are identified as having not been originally sold in zone A or B, not currently registered in Zone A or B, and never previously registered in Zone A or B. Zone C states are: AK, CO, CT, ID, IA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MT, NH, NY, ND, OR, RI, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, and WY. These states have been identified as having lower temperature cycling and humidity. Time in service until significant propellant degradation may occur is projected at between 15-20 years.

Owner Letter Mailing Date:
Toyota will begin to notify owners of vehicles open for remedy approximately one week after the remedy is made available.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the condition?

The subject vehicles are equipped with front passenger airbag inflators produced by Takata. The propellant in these inflators may degrade after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity and fluctuating high temperatures. Degraded propellant can cause the inflator to explode during airbag deployment. In the event of an inflator explosion, metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material, striking the vehicle occupants, and result in serious injury or death.

Why is Takata recalling all frontal airbag inflators manufactured with propellant that do not also include a desiccant?
Multiple independent investigations and NHTSA’s independent expert concluded that the propellant in nondesiccated, frontal Takata airbag inflators degrades over time. The degradation is the result of various factors existing in the location where the vehicle containing the inflators is principally operated, including long-term exposure to environmental moisture and fluctuating high temperatures.

I already had my recall repair completed under a previous recall of the passenger airbag inflator. Why is my vehicle being recalled again?
All vehicles repaired under a previous recall with a remedy part containing Phase Stabilized Ammonium Nitrate (PSAN) without desiccant are scheduled for recall under the Takata Coordinated Remedy Program administered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) beginning December 31, 2019. Vehicles repaired using a PSAN inflator without desiccant are sometimes referred to as “Like for Like” vehicles.

If these “Like for Like” vehicles are not scheduled for recall until later on, why is Toyota recalling these vehicles now?
Due to sufficient supply of remedy parts and dealer capacity for certain vehicles, Toyota was able to pull ahead the launch of the remedy phase for these vehicles involved in advance of Takata’s decision.

When is Toyota planning to recall other vehicles that may be involved in this “Like for Like” phase?
At this time, Toyota is planning to follow NHTSA’s Coordinated Remedy Program timing beginning December 31, 2019 for all other vehicles that may be involved in the “Like for Like” phase, but will consider pulling ahead other models if it is appropriate to do so.

Which vehicles are affected by this Safety Recall?
There are approximately 150,800 Toyota vehicles covered by these Safety Recalls.

Are there any warnings that this condition exists?
No. There are no warnings that this condition exists. However, the condition does not cause the front Passenger airbag to activate when it should not. Also, the front passenger airbag is designed to inflate only in certain moderate to severe crashes. Further, NHTSA has concluded that the non-desiccated frontal Takata airbag inflators do not pose an unreasonable risk to safety until they reach a certain level of propellant degradation, which is the result of time, temperature and environmental moisture, which depends on the vehicle’s location. Takata will determine that these airbag inflators pose an unreasonable risk to safety in December 2019.

What should you do?
Toyota strongly recommends that you have this Safety Recall remedy performed immediately. Please contact any authorized Toyota dealer to schedule an appointment to have your front passenger airbag inflator or airbag assembly replaced free of charge. When taking your vehicle to the dealership for your service appointment, it is recommended that only the driver occupy the vehicle. If you are uncomfortable driving the vehicle to the dealership, please contact your local authorized Toyota dealer who will arrange for vehicle pick up.

Do I need my owner letter to have the remedy performed?
You do not need an owner letter to have this recall completed; however, to assist the dealer in confirming vehicle eligibility, we request that you present this notice at the time of your service appointment.

What if I have additional questions or concerns?
If you have additional questions or concerns go to www.toyota.com/recall, or please contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-888-270-9371 Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Saturday 7:00 am to 4:30 pm Central Time.
 
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