updated 10/24/2006 5:50:42 PM ET 2006-10-24T21:50:42

Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it was recalling about 30,000 Scion TC sports coupes over concerns that the side air bags could inadvertently deploy if the door is slammed forcefully.

The recall affects about 20 percent of the tCs produced during the 2005 and 2006 model years, Toyota said. The vehicle is only sold in the United States.

The automaker said seat-mounted side air bags and side curtain air bags could deploy if the door on that side of the vehicle is closed forcefully while the ignition is on or within 90 seconds of when the ignition is turned off.

Toyota said it has received reports of 17 incidents in which the air bag deployed. No accidents, deaths or injuries have been reported.

Scion, Toyota's youth-oriented brand, will send recall notices to owners next month. Dealers will replace the side air bag sensors at no charge. Consumers can call the automaker at (866) 707-2466.

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