Toyota has issued two separate recalls impacting 2022-2023 Tacoma and 2022 RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid, and RAV4 Prime models.
Starting with the Tacoma recall, a defect report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), reveals that the second-row seats of impacted vehicles contain upper child seat anchors that are welded to the rear seat back panel assembly and used to secure the top tether or a forward-facing child seat.
However, a change in the manufacturing process means that one or more of the individual welds in the upper child seat anchors may be inadequate and may not meet minimum strength requirements. Vehicles produced with child seat anchors that don’t meet strength requirements fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard Number 225.
The recall involves no less than 75,316 Toyota Tacoma models that were manufactured between October 21, 2021 and May 28, 2022. Toyota estimates that approximately 5 per cent of vehicles have one of more insufficient weld spots. The automaker is currently developing a remedy for the issue.
The second recall issued on July 21, 2022, by Toyota involves RAV4 models equipped with an 8-way front power-adjustable front passenger seat. Toyota has revealed that these seats contain an Occupant Classification System (OSC) that provides input to the supplemental Restraint System to determine the best way to deploy the front passenger airbag. However, there’s a chance that a stopper and the seat frame near the OCS sensor could lead to interference, causing the OCS sensor to incorrectly detect the occupant load, meaning the airbag may not deploy as designed.
A total of 3,533 Toyota RAV4 models are involved in the recall. These include 2022 RAV Hybrid models built between November 30, 2021, and March 31, 2022, Toyota RAV4 Prime models manufactured between September 6, 2021, and March 29, 2022, and standard RAV4 models built between September 2, 2021, and March 31, 2022.
Toyota dealerships will resolve the issue by adjusting the stopper to eliminate any interference. The Occupant Classification System will also be re-calibrated.