Lexus USA has announced a safety recall of 5,000 new 2016 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h vehicles to fix an airbag issue — from the press release:
The involved vehicles are equipped with a driver’s knee airbag module that may not have been properly manufactured. This could affect the performance of the airbag and increase the risk of injury in a crash.
All known owners of the involved Lexus vehicles will be notified by first class mail. Lexus dealers will inspect and if necessary replace the driver’s knee airbag assembly free of charge.
According to Automotive News, this issue is unrelated to the ongoing Takata airbag crisis that has affected approximately 24 million vehicles in the USA. The airbags in the Lexus RX models were built by Gosei, the Japanese supplier partially owned by Toyota.