The curtain shield airbags in your car have two chambers that are welded together. That weld keeps those chambers hugging and happy. The only problem is, someone did a really bad job welding 1.4 million Toyota vehicles worldwide.
The bad welds are cracking and letting those chambers loosen their embrace in the Prius, Prius Plug-in, and Lexus CT 200h. If they pull too far apart and you get in an accident:
- You’ll get a limp airbag. No-one likes a limp airbag.
- There’s a chance that parts of the inflator can enter the cabin and injure somebody. No-one likes shrapnel.
Scenario two sounds awfully familiar, doesn’t it? No wonder Toyota has issued a recall (they just don’t know when it will begin). Of the 1.4 million vehicles, about 482,000 are located in the USA.