Toyota is voluntarily recalling 11,200 Scion iQ models because the electrical wires connected to the airbags and seat belt pretensioner could become damaged. If that happens, the airbags won’t deploy and the seat belt pretensioners won’t work. The recall applies to both 2012 and 2013 iQ models.
Kicking Tires explains, “The sensors are located in the seat assembly, and the cables for these sensors can come into contact with foreign objects like loose coins or trash and become damaged. If damaged, the safety system may not operate properly or at all when needed in a crash.” Toyota is unaware of accidents or injuries related to the problem.
At the beginning of December, Toyota will contact owners by mail and dealers will make repairs for free. “At dealerships, Toyota mechanics will inspect the cables and put a cover plate over them, if necessary,” says USA Today. If your car is a part of this recall, you can contact Scion at 1-866-707-2466 or visit www.toyota.com/recall.
This is the first recall for the Scion iQ, which debuted in October 2011 as one of the smallest cars available in the United States. Because the iQ is a subcompact, USA Today says that safety features are of the utmost importance. The iQ comes standard with brake assist, traction control, brake override and 11 airbags, which includes a class-exclusive rear window airbag. Competitors like the Smart Fortwo and Chevrolet Spark don’t have as many standard safety features as the iQ.
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