Inadvertent activation of the csa and/or the seat belt pretensioner can cause injury to a vehicle occupant.

Air Bags — Side/Window

Date Announced
APR 21, 2011
Vehicles Affected
307,848
Toyota Recall #
BOE-B1E
NHTSA Campaign #
11V245000
Summary
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2008 Highlander, Highlander hybrid, and model year 2007-2008 rav4 vehicles. In the curtain shield airbag (csa) system, there are two sensors in the airbag sensor assembly which are designed to detect vehicle roll angle. If one of these sensors malfunctions, the airbag warning light (malfunction indicator light: Mil) will illuminate and the roll detection system will be suspended; however, the airbag csa remains available in the event of a side crash. If both sensors fail nearly simultaneously after initial airbag system check, the csa and the seat belt pretensioner could be inadvertently activated.
Actions
Toyota will replace the airbag sensor assembly with a new one containing improved roll rate sensors, free of charge. Toyota intends to send an interim owner notification to owners early to mid-may, 2011 when sufficient parts and remedy becomes available. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
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