Monday 22 December 2014

Toyota Ireland confirms recall of almost 8,500 cars due to mechanical faults

Published 09/04/2014 | 07:37

File photo dated 18/11/13 of the insignia of a Toyota car. The car manufacturer is recalling more than 35,000 UK cars after it discovered faults that could deactivate airbags, cause seats to move while driving and break steering columns.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 9, 2014. See PA story TRANSPORT Toyota. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
The car manufacturer is recalling almost 8,500 Irish cars after it discovered faults that could deactivate airbags, cause seats to move while driving and break steering columns.

Toyota Ireland has confirmed the recall of 8,430 vehicles in Ireland for a number of mechanical faults

The development follows the announcement that the car manufacturer is recalling 6.39 million vehicles worldwide for multiple problems.

The separate issues affect some RAV4, Hilux, Yari, T Sports and Urban Cruiser models, Toyota said.

However, the Japanese company said there had been no reports of accidents, injuries or fatalities linked to the issues from anywhere in the world.

"We sincerely apologise to our customers for the inconvenience and concern brought by this recall announcement," Toyota added in a statement.

In some RAV4 and Hilux models, Toyota said there was a risk that the driver's airbag may be deactivated because turning the steering wheel could damage certain circuits, causing the airbag warning light on the instrument panel to illuminate.

The fault is in 4,937 cars manufactured between June 2004 to December 2010.

In some Toyota Yaris and Urban Cruiser models a spring mechanism locking the driver and, in three-door cars, the front passenger seats in position on the adjustment rails may be under-strength and could break if seats are frequently moved back and forwards.

If the spring breaks, seats may not lock in position and could move in a crash, Toyota said.

Some 3,475 vehicles built between January 2005 and August 2010 are affected.

In the same models, a weld connecting the steering column bracket to the instrument panel might break when the steering wheel is repeatedly turned with full force, which could cause the steering column to tilt out of position. Drivers would not lose control of their vehicle.

Up to 28 Yaris and Urban Cruiser models built between September 2005 to February 2009 are affected.

Toyota Ireland will be writing directly to owners involved in the recall to arrange to have their vehicles inspected by their local dealer at a time convenient for them and at no cost to the owner.


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