Toyota Recalls Venza Airbags That Could Unexpectedly Disable

by Aryn Plax

Apr 29, 2021

Toyota is recalling about 360,000 model year 2009–2015 Toyota Venza SUVs because its side airbags could disable unexpectedly.

Electrical wires connect the airbag control units to the sensors in the driver-side front doors. If these wires break, the sensor could fail and the airbag warning lights flash on the dashboard. The side airbags and driver-side curtain shield airbags end up disabled.

A pair of twisted wires in a harness connects the sensor and the airbag electronic control unit. These wires are routed from the door to the vehicle body through a grommet. However, the difference between the harness length and the grommet length can cause the wires to rub against the grommet and break.

The recall affects roughly 279,000 SUVs in the United States and nearly 80,000 in Canada.

The recall begins May 31, 2021. Dealers will replace the driver-side front door wire harnesses.