— A Scion xA recall has been issued for about 17,000 cars in the U.S. to fix problems that can cause the airbags to fail in a crash.
Even if this doesn't occur, the Scion xA airbags could inadvertently deploy while driving, all due to electrical shorts in the systems.
The 2004-2006 Scion xA cars recalled in the U.S. are part of a recall of about 1 million Toyota vehicles worldwide, including the Allex, Avensis, Corolla, Corolla Fielder, Corolla Runx, Corolla Spacio, Corollo Verso, Isis, ist, Sienta and Wish.
According to Toyota, the airbag systems could experience electrical shorts that can damage the airbag circuits. The automaker didn't say what causes the shorts, but dealers will need to replace the airbag control units.
In addition to the airbags deploying without a crash or not deploying in a crash, the electrical shorts can cause the airbag warning lights to illuminate and failure of the seat belt pretensioners.
All the vehicles were built between July 2002 and June 2015, but Toyota didn't say if any crashes or injuries have occurred.
The U.S. recall will begin in December 2018, but affected Scion xA owners may call 800-331-4331.