Toyota warns drivers of 50,000 vehicles to stop driving immediately and get cars repaired

Toyota is urging the owners of 50,000 older vehicles to stop driving the cars immediately and get their airbags fixed. According to the voluntary recall, the vehicles should not be driven until their faulty airbags have been repaired or replaced.

The recall notice, issued on Thursday, covers these models:

  • 2003-2004 Corolla
  • 2003-2004 Corolla Matrix
  • 2004-2005 RAV4

Because of the age of the airbags, it’s more likely that a part inside could explode and shoot sharp metal fragments, which could lead to serious injury or even death, the automaker said.

“Owners SHOULD NOT DRIVE these vehicles until the FREE safety recall repair has been conducted,” Toyota said in the statement.

Toyota said it is recommending that owners not drive the vehicles to get fixed. Instead, vehicle owners should contact their local dealer, which can arrange for a number of other options, such as performing a mobile repair at the vehicle’s location or tow the car to the dealership.