Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Toyota | posted April 10, 2014 14:55
5 defects forced Toyota for a global recall
Toyota is recalling 6.4 million vehicles worldwide after identifying multiple faults, including locally sold Innova, Fortuner and Hilux models.
The automaker said the models affected by the recall in various markets include: RAV4, Corolla, Camry, Matrix/Vibe, Scion XD, Yaris, Highlander, Tacoma, Hilux, Urban Cruiser, Trezia/Ractis, Reiz, Fortuner, Innova, Land Cruiser Prado, Vanguard, Mark X, Reiz, Vitz, Belta, Spade, Corolla Axio, Corolla Fielder, and Auris. The vehicles affected by the recall spans models sold from April 2004 to August 2013.
Of the 6.4 million affected models, 3.5 million vehicles are being recalled by the Japanese automaker to replace the spiral cable attached to the driver’s side airbag. It is said that it may cause a signal interruption when the steering wheel is turned and result in the failure of the driver side airbag to deploy.
Other issues concerning the recall include problems with seat rails, steering columns, windscreen wipers and a problem with the engine starters that may cause fire.
Toyota said there were no accidents and injuries caused by the said conditions. However, the automaker said they have received two reports of fire that was connected with the engine starter problem.
The Japanese automaker did not specify the total cost of the recent global recall and provided no details on whether the problems stated were caused by external suppliers or its own manufacturing plants.
With the latest announcements of faulty problems, Toyota has once again forced to launch a recall. Just last February, the Japanese automaker recalled the Prius hybrid cars due to a software problem that may cause the vehicle to suddenly slow down.
The recalls had also spurred a criminal investigation against the Japanese automaker in the United States. Toyota is said to conceal information from safety regulators about the defects that led to the sudden acceleration recalls in 2009 and 2010 that resulted five deaths. Last month, Toyota agreed to pay a USD 1.2 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice to end the investigation.