Toyota announced a voluntary recall of the 2007-2008 RAV4 and 2008 Highlander and Highlander HV SUVs sold in the States due a possibility of faulty air bag sensors. Approximately 214,000 RAV4s and 94,000 Highlanders and Highlander HVs are affected by this recall.
The affected SUV models featured the roll-sensing curtain shield airbag system, which contains two sensors that detect roll angle. And if one of the two sensors fails, the airbag warning light will light up and the roll detection system will be terminated, but the airbag will remain available in the event of a side collision. But if both sensors fail at the same time after initial airbag system check, the seat belt pretensioner and the curtain shield airbag could be mistakenly set off.
Toyota said it will begin notifying U.S. owners of the affected vehicles via mail in May 2011.