Toyota Recalls 300,000 U.S. SUVs

Problem is faulty sensor

Toyota announced on April 21 it is recalling more than 300,000 sport utility vehicles in the United States to fix faulty airbag sensors.

The automaker said the sensors -- which are designed to detect vehicle roll angle -- can malfunction and inadvertently cause the side curtain airbag and seatbelt to be activated.

The sensor malfunction does not prevent the airbag from deploying during a collision, Toyota said.

A Toyota spokesman said the Japanese automaker has received defect-related reports of "minor injuries, including a report of a person's hand being cut by a seatbelt in March."

The recall affects 214,000 RAV4 vehicles and 94,000 Highlander and Highlander HV vehicles from the 2007 and 2008 model years.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011

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