Toyota recall 75,000 UK vehicles
Toyota will recall 2.77 million vehicles worldwide due to steering and water pump problems
Toyota will recall 2.77 million vehicles worldwide due to steering and water pump problems. A total of 75,000 cars will be recalled in the UK. Toyota says the defects have caused no accidents and the repairs take approximately one hour.
The recall affects the Toyota Avensis and Toyota Corolla models built between July 2001 and March 2009 and the Toyota Prius models built between July 2001 and April 2009.
The defect of the steering wheel presents itself as a knocking or rattling coming from the steering wheel or even a reduction in steering response. There have been nine reported cases of this problem in Europe with no accidents reported due to it.
The Toyota Prius could be affected by a water pump problem which will cause the vehicle to fail. The electrically driven water pump provides cooling for the hybrid components, there have only been three reported cases in Europe relating to this issue.
Toyota will contact all relevant owners in the next six weeks so their cars can be booked in at their local dealership to have the recall work done. The water pump replacement will take approximately ninety minutes and if the steering wheel needs attention this should take a minimum of one hour. All repairs will be carried out free of charge.
A few months ago Toyota recalled more than seven million cars worldwide including the Toyota Yaris, RAV 4, Auris and Corolla models due to faulty window switches, there was a possibility that the malfunctioning switches could emit smoke. No accidents, injuries or deaths were reported as a result of the problem. At that time spokeswoman for Toyota Monika Saito said “the process to repair (the power window switch) is not an extensive one; it involves putting heat-resistant grease on the switches, or exchanging them.”
Even though this latest recall is widespread, the flaws are less serious compared to the massive recalls in 2009 to 2011 when unintended acceleration problems in Toyota vehicles were the suspected cause of fatal crashes in the United States. Deutsche Securities analyst Sanger said the extent of this latest recall suggested a more aggressive stance by the company to address defects after its recall crisis a few years ago. He said "they seem to continue to be obsessively monitoring these things and looking for potential problems before they arise.”
More than half of the vehicles in the latest recall, or 1.5 million, are in Japan, making this Toyota's biggest single recall in its home market. It is also recalling 670,000 vehicles in the United States and 496,000 in Europe.