As cars get more complex with sensors, wiring, and anything electronic, there are more points of potential failure. That's just how it is with modern cars.
The number one automaker in the country, it seems, is not immune from this trend either. Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has just found a fault and issued a recall for their most affordable model: the Wigo.
In a letter dated August 14 to the Undersecretary for the Consumer Protection Group of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), TMP's FVP for Government & Industry Affairs (and CAMPI president) Atty. Rommel Gutierrez stated that they are initiating a Customer Satisfaction Campaign (essentially a recall) notifying certain owners of the Toyota Wigo that they need to fix an issue pertaining to the wiring in the engine bay.
Toyota had discovered that certain units of the Wigo used a tube to protect Engine Wire No. 6 that is too stiff. The inflexibility of this tube could cause the wire to break and result in a loss of power and turn on an engine wiring light.
All in all, Toyota says that 15,373 units of the Wigo have this faulty protective tubing for the wire. The affected Wigo models were produced at just over an 8 month period from April 5 to December 15, 2017.
The Wigo is produced in Indonesia by Toyota subsidiary Daihatsu, particularly P.T. Astra Daihatsu Motor. The Wigo and other derivatives such as the Toyota Agya, Daihatsu Ayla, and Perodua Axia are marketed in many other markets around the world.
Toyota says they will notify Wigo owners of the potential issue and fix it at no cost to the owners.