DALLAS -- Toyota is recalling about 7,600 Prius vehicles from the 2016 model year because passenger-side airbags that may deploy accidentally due to malfunctioning inflators, the company said.
Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by mail and dealers will replace the airbag assembly at no cost.
Toyota said the airbag assembly could have been welded improperly and perhaps misassembled, which could cause the airbag to partially inflate on its own.
“This has been observed when the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time,” the company said in a statement. Under some circumstances, accidental inflation of the airbag could increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a crash.
The Prius was redesigned on an all-new platform for the 2016 model year.
Toyota said it is not aware of any injuries related to the recall and did not identify the airbag maker. But the company said the recall is unrelated to the global recall of millions of Takata airbags because of defective inflators.