Toyota recalls 645,000 vehicles; air bags may not inflate

Toyota Corolla; Toyota Matrix
FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2007 file photo, a 2007 Toyota Corolla sedan and Matrix wagons sit on the lot at a Toyota dealership in the southeast Denver suburb of Centennial, Colo. Toyota on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 added nearly 1.4 million cars, trucks and SUVs, including the 2003 to 2007 Corolla and Matrix, to a growing recall for air bags that can explode with too much force. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

DETROIT (AP) – Toyota is recalling about 645,000 vehicles worldwide to fix an electrical problem that could stop air bags from inflating in a crash.

The recall covers certain Toyota Prius and Lexus RX and NX SUVs. Also covered are some Toyota Alphard, Vellfire, Sienta, Noah, Voxy, Esquire, Probox, Succeed, Corolla, Highlander, Levin and Hilux models.

All were produced from May of 2015 to March of 2016.

The automaker says an open electrical circuit could occur over time.

That would set off an air bag warning light and could stop the side and front air bags from deploying.

Dealers will inspect serial numbers on sensors and replace them if necessary at no cost to owners. Toyota will notify owners by letter in starting in late March.

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