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Toyota recalling 140,000 ’14 trucks for air bag problem

David Shepardson
The Detroit News

Washington — Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it will recall 140,000 new trucks for possible air bag problems.

The recall covers about 130,000 trucks in the United States and about about 10,000 in Canada.

It comes as scrutiny over air bag performance by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has soared after General Motors Co.’s recall of millions of vehicles for ignition problems linked to air bag nondeployment.

Toyota said it is recalling its 2014 Tundra Crew-Max Cab and Double Cab trucks because of the possible misinstallation of a part on the center pillars known as a garnish. That part could interfere with the side curtain shield air bags in the event of a deployment, “which may not allow the air bag to achieve its intended inflated shape,” Toyota said.

No crashes or injuries have been reported. Toyota dealers will inspect the part. If not installed correctly, it will be replaced with a new one.

Toyota spokesman John Hanson said the problem was discovered after a February test for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new car assessment program. Toyota then investigated the issue to determine the problem.