Plano, TX – April 21, 2021 – Toyota (NYSE:TM) has recalled 279,040 mid-size crossover SUVs whose driver-side side and curtain airbags may fail to deploy in a crash. The recall includes these models:
- 2009 Toyota Venza
- 2010 Toyota Venza
- 2011 Toyota Venza
- 2012 Toyota Venza
- 2013 Toyota Venza
- 2014 Toyota Venza
- 2015 Toyota Venza
The component in question is the “wire harness for [the] front driver door,” with multiple part numbers, including 82152-0T100 and 82152-0T140.
The recall stems from a wiring issue inside the Venza’s driver-side door. The wires connecting an airbag sensor in the door to the supplemental restraint system (SRS) – which is a computer that controls these airbags – may rub against a metal ring holding them together.
This could eventually cause the wires to fracture, disabling the driver’s side and curtain airbags. In a crash, these airbags may not deploy, increasing the risk of injury to people in the vehicle.
Venza drivers may notice that their SRS warning light turns on, indicating that airbags have been deactivated.
Like many other vehicles, 2009-2015 Toyota Venzas use side and curtain airbags to protect the driver’s head and torso, particularly in side-impact crashes.
Side and curtain airbags reduce side-impact crash fatalities by an estimated 31.3%, but this protection is stripped away if these airbags deactivate and fail to deploy.
Dealers will inspect the wiring inside the driver-side door and, if necessary, replace the wiring system with a new one for free. Owners who already paid for repairs related to this problem may be eligible for reimbursement. Instructions on when and how to seek repairs or reimbursement will be sent to owners by June 12.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
Over 279,000 Venzas are included in this Toyota airbag recall. To do a Toyota recall check, use MotorSafety’s free recall lookup tool.