Toyota Motor Philippines has just issued a recall regarding their three top selling IMV models for a faulty electrical cable. The scope of the recall means that the Toyota Innova, Hilux and Fortuner models (the three vehicles under the International Innovative Multipurpose Vehicle line) sold from November 2004 to June 2010 are affected.

The issue for the recall stems from a faulty spiral cable used to connect the airbag to the steering wheel. The spiral cable typically uses a spring-loaded contact point (retainers) against the contact plate to enable the deployment of the airbag regardless how much the wheel is turned. Due to the shape and location of the retainers, there is a possibility that contact may be interrupted and prevent the driver side airbag from deploying.

Toyota says that no incidents have been reported, but are taking the measures to institute a special service campaign so that the owners of affected vehicles may bring their cars to authorized Toyota dealers to have them fixed.

“In line with Toyota's firm commitment on product safety and quality, Toyota Motor Philippines will issue a Special Service Campaign (SSC) on the affected models,” said Atty. Rommel Gutierrez, TMP's First Vice President for Corporate Affairs. “We value our customers' safety, thus our company decided to hold such [a] campaign to ease their concerns on this issue.”

Customers are enjoined to visit Toyota dealerships or contact (02) 819 2912 for more information.