Toyota Motor North America is recalling around 7,600 model year 2016 Prius bybrids in the US to replace an airbag.

Affected vehicles have a front passenger air bag which contains stored, compressed gas in the inflator. A component in the airbag assembly may have been improperly welded and/or misassembled. If this occurs, the stored gas may escape without a deployment signal and result in the partial inflation of the air bag. This has been observed when the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time. An airbag that inflates in this manner can, under some circumstances, increase the risk of injury and the possibility of a crash.

All known owners of the involved vehicles will be notified beginning in November. Toyota dealers will replace the front passenger air bag assembly with a new one at no cost.

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