2011-2011 Lexus CT 200h Recalled for Side Curtain Airbag Issue

Lexus CT 2011 Recall

The 2011-2012 Lexus CT 200h has been recalled due to a potential issue with partially inflated curtain airbags — from the official press release:

The involved vehicles are equipped with curtain shield air bags (CSA) in the driver and passenger side roof rails that have air bag inflators composed of two chambers welded together. Some inflators could have a small crack in the weld area joining the chambers, which could grow over time, and lead to the separation of the inflator chambers.

This has been observed when the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time. If an inflator separates, the CSA could partially inflate, and, in limited circumstances, one or both sections of the inflator could enter the interior of the vehicle. If an occupant is present in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury.

There have been no reports of crashes, injuries, or fatalities related to this recall, and this is not part of the larger Takada airbag scandal.

Affected owners will be notified by mail, and the repairs necessary will be performed free of charge — the fix is a retention bracket that will prevent the airbag chambers from entering the interior of the vehicle.