Human Interest Toyota Recalls 2.9 Million Cars Over Airbag and Seatbelt Defect — Here's How to Check Your Car The recall involves certain versions of the 2011-2019 Corolla, 2011-2013 Matrix, 2012-2018 Avalon, and 2013-2018 Avalon Hybrid vehicles in the United States By Joelle Goldstein Joelle Goldstein Twitter Joelle Goldstein is a TV Staff Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for five years, beginning her time as a digital news writer, where she covered everything from entertainment news to crime stories and royal tours. Since then, she has worked as a writer-reporter on the Human Interest team and an associate editor on the TV team. In her current role, Joelle oversees all things TV and enjoys being able to say she has to watch The Kardashians, Dancing with the Stars and America's Got Talent for "work". Prior to joining PEOPLE, Joelle was employed at The Hollywood Reporter. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Television-Radio (and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four!) People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 22, 2020 01:45 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Trending Videos Photo: Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Approximately 2.9 million Toyota vehicles have been recalled in the United States, the car manufacturer announced in a press release on Tuesday. Toyota said the safety recall is due to an airbag and seatbelt defect and involves several of their models and model years, including the 2011-2019 Corolla, the 2011-2013 Matrix, the 2012-2018 Avalon, and the 2013-2018 Avalon Hybrid. According to the company, the vehicles in question are dealing with an electronic control unit (ECU) issue that may “increase the risk or severity of injury in a crash.” The ECU’s purpose is to receive signals from crash sensors, Toyota explained. When the unit receives those signals, it sets off a reaction to deploy the airbags and tightly pull back the seatbelts of the driver and any passengers. However, the ECUs in some of Toyota’s vehicles currently do not have “adequate protection against certain electrical noise that can occur in certain crashes.” Toyota Avalon. Deadly Airbags Force Toyota and Lexus to Recall 1.7 Million Vehicles: What to Know to Stay Safe Because of this, the units may not send efficient signals during a crash, which Toyota said could “lead to incomplete or nondeployment of the airbags and/or seat belt pretensioners.” To solve the issue, Toyota explained that a noise filter can be installed between the airbag control module and its wire harness at their dealerships for free. For those who believe their vehicle may be impacted, the company recommended visiting www.Toyota.com/recall or www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and entering your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or license plate number. The car manufacturer also suggested visiting a local Toyota dealership to have the vehicle inspected before the installation, but confirmed that all owners impacted by the recall will be notified via mail by mid-March. RELATED VIDEO: Toyota Wants You to Post Your Selfie to Give Back In addition to the 2.9 million vehicles, Toyota announced on Wednesday that another recall involving 139,000 cars in the U.S. had been issued. This one affects certain 1998–2000 Toyota RAV4, 1998–1999 RAV4 EV, 1998–1999 Celica, and 1997–1998 Supra models that may be equipped with a “Takata-produced single-stage non-azide front driver airbag inflator,” which they said may not deploy properly and cause injury. “Toyota is currently investigating the remedy for this issue and will announce it once available,” the company wrote. “Toyota will notify owners via first-class mail by late-March.” Anyone with additional questions on the new recalls is encouraged to contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331. The latest recalls come a little over a week after Toyota issued its last one, alongside the company’s brands Lexus and Scion. The car companies announced on Jan. 8 that 1.7 million North American vehicles had been recalled after they were manufactured with deadly Takata front passenger airbag inflators, which could explode with too much force and potentially hurl deadly shrapnel at passengers.