Toyota has announced two separate recalls of the 2022-2023 Tacoma pickup truck and the 2022 RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid, and RAV4 Prime crossovers.
Starting with the Tacoma recall, a defect report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that the second-row seats of the affected vehicles contain upper anchors for child seats. They are welded to the rear panel of the rear seat and are used for mounting.
One or more individual welds in the upper child seat mounts may not be suitable and may not meet the minimum strength requirements. Vehicles manufactured with child seat fasteners that do not meet the strength requirements do not comply with Federal Vehicle Safety Standard No. 225.
At least 75,316 Toyota Tacoma models that were released from October 21, 2021, to May 28, 2022, are subject to recall. Toyota estimates that approximately 5% of cars have one or more insufficient welding spots. The automaker is currently developing a solution to this problem.
The second review is dedicated to the Toyota RAV4, equipped with an electric front passenger seat, adjustable in 8 parameters. Toyota said these seats contain a passenger classification system that provides entry to an additional safety system to determine the best way to deploy the front passenger airbag. However, there is a possibility that the stopper and the seat frame next to the OCS sensor may cause interference, as a result of which the OCS sensor incorrectly detects the load on the passenger. This means that the airbag will not work properly.
A total of 3,533 Toyota RAV4 models are involved in the recall. These include the 2022 RAV Hybrid models released between November 30, 2021, and March 31, 2022, Toyota RAV4 Prime models produced between September 6, 2021, and March 29, 2022, and standard RAV4 models assembled between September 2, 2021, and March 31, 2022.
Toyota’s dealerships will solve the problem by adjusting the stopper to eliminate any interference. The passenger classification system will also be recalibrated.