Toyota Recalls Tundra CrewMax Trucks

(Los Angeles Times/MCT) -

Toyota Motor Sales has issued a recall for 130,000 of its 2014 Tundra CrewMax cab and Double Cab trucks.

The vehicles may be equipped with the “center pillar garnish,” a plastic interior panel, that if improperly installed could impede the deployment or proper function of a side-impact air bag.

Toyota said it is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities caused by the defect.

The company is contacting owners of the affected vehicles directly, and will inspect or replace the improperly installed parts.

Toyota’s announcement adds to a season of historic auto recalls.

Manufacturers have recalled about 46 million vehicles this year, more than at any other time in U.S. history, and well above the annual recall record of 30.8 million vehicles set in 2004.

The bulk of those recalls have come from General Motors, as part of an ongoing problem with defective ignition switches. The Detroit auto giant has recalled more than 29 million vehicles, and has said it may spend as much as $600 million to pay for problems related to the ignition-switch defect, which has been linked to 13 deaths.