35,000 models in the UK
Toyota is recalling more than 6.5milllion cars including 35,000 in the UK after a number of faults have been discovered. The car manufacturer found in some models airbags can deactivate, seats may move and steering columns could break, the company said today.
The models involved are the Toyota RAV4, the Hilux, Yaris and the Toyota Urban Cruiser.
The Japanese company said there had been no reports of accidents, injuries or fatalities linked to the issues from anywhere in the world, but it was recalling the 35,124 UK registered vehicles in line with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) code of practice.
Toyota say that in some RAV4 and Hilux models there is a a risk that the drivers airbag may be deactivated because turning the steering wheel could damage certain circuits, causing the airbag warning light on the instrument panel to illuminate. This fault is in models that were manufactured between June 2004 and December 2010.
If you own a Toyota Yaris or Urban Cruiser then a a spring mechanism locking the driver and, in three-door cars, the front passenger seats in position on the adjustment rails may be under-strength and could break if seats are frequently moved back and forwards. With regards to safety if the spring breaks the seats may not lock in position and could move in a crash. Approximately 10,339 vehicles built between January 2005 and August 2010 are affected. Other problems with regard to these models include a weld connecting the steering column bracket to the instrument panel that might break when the steering wheel is repeatedly turned with full force, which could cause the steering column to tilt out of position. Although drivers would not lose control of their vehicle.
Second generation Toyota Yaris
Vehicles being recalled are 1,293 second generation Toyota Yaris cars with tilt/telescopic steering wheel adjustment and Toyota Urban Cruiser models built between September 2005 to February 2009.
If you are a owner of any of the models mentioned then Toyota urge people to check if their vehicle is affected by looking up its registration on the company website, www.toyota.co.uk. If your vehicle is affected then Toyota will have the car inspected and repaired free of charge.