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Toyota recalls 2016 Priuses for partially inflating airbags

No, Takata is not at fault.

2016 Toyota Prius four
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Airbag recalls are serious business, because they're key in reducing or preventing injuries during collisions. When your vehicle has an airbag recall, it's best to get it dealt with as soon as possible. If you own a 2016 Prius, you might want to give your dealership a ring.

Toyota issued a recall for approximately 7,600 2016 Prius models for an issue with its airbags. Apparently, the front passenger airbag may have been assembled or welded incorrectly. This could lead to a partial airbag inflation, especially when the vehicle in question has been parked and unoccupied for a long period of time.

The fix is simple. Upon arriving at the dealership, Toyota will replace the front passenger airbag assembly at no cost to the owner. Affected owners will receive a notification by first-class mail, because automakers still operate on principles established when first-class mail was a thing. You'd think a text or email would be more effective, right?

As with all other Toyota-family recalls, owners can head to Toyota's site and plug in their vehicle identification number (VIN) to see if their car is affected, prior to the arrival of the notification. All vehicle owners can access similar tools on NHTSA's website.

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