Automakers issuing recalls are nothing new. Once in awhile, manufacturers recall vehicles in order to address problems made during production.
Toyota USA recently issued two recalls involving nearly 134,000 SUVs and pickup trucks in order to fix airbag-related and brake problems.
The first recall covers around 87,900 units of the 2008-2019 model year Toyota Land Cruiser and the 2008-2019 model year Lexus LX570 – a total of 11 years of production models. Toyota USA announced that the problem on both models comes from the vehicle's airbag and its related systems. Specficially, a seatbelt tension sensor could malfunction over time, causing the airbag warning lights to come on. Worse, it could also deactivate the front passenger airbag, knee airbag, and passenger seat-mounted side airbag, increasing the risk of injury in the event of an accident.
Currently, there is no remedy yet for the seatbelt tensioner issue. However, Toyota is already addressing the issue and will notify owners by mid-February 2019.
Since the affected vehicles are also assembled in Japan, we sought Toyota Motor Philippines for clarification if their vehicles are also affected.
"The recall only covers vehicles sold by Toyota in the United States, we want to clarify that vehicles officially imported by Toyota Motor Philippines, specifically Land Cruiser 200-series and the Lexus LX 570 are not affected," said Mr. Carlo Ablaza, Assistant Vice-President Lexus Brand Department, Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation.
The second recall covers approximately 44,000 units of the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck from model years 2018-2019. The problem of the Tacoma involves a seal in certain brake master cylinders which could be damaged over time and cause brake fluid to leak internally. Brake pedal feel could then change and brake performance could also be reduced. The result of a longer stopping distance could result the increased likelihood of an accident.
For Tacoma models involved, Toyota dealers will be replacing the brake master cylinder with a brand new unit not affected by the said condition for free. Owners will receive a direct notification by mail starting Jaunary 2019.