Toyota Is Recalling Corolla and Matrix Cars to Replace Airbags Again

Jeff S. Bartlett

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Toyota announced that it will recall certain 2003-2008 Corolla and 2005-2008 Matrix cars in the U.S. to replace the front passenger airbag. There is concern the airbag could be damaged on deployment, preventing it from properly inflating and protecting the occupant, leading to an increased risk of injury in a crash.

The Takata airbags were involved in a previous recall because they could potentially send metal shards into occupants when deployed. Toyota says that this is a “new and different issue.” (Learn more about Toyota’s Takata recalls.)

There are 135,000 cars involved in this latest action. Owners will be notified in October by mail to take their vehicles to a local Toyota dealership for a free repair.  

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 135,000 cars in the U.S.

  • 2003-2008 Toyota Corolla

  • 2005-2008 Toyota Matrix

The problem: The front passenger airbag may be damaged on deployment and won't properly protect the passenger in a crash.

The fix: Dealers will replace the front passenger airbag assembly at no charge to owners.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners can call Toyota Customer Experience Center at 800-331-4331.

NHTSA campaign number: There is no NHTSA campaign number yet.

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