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Thursday 18 September 2014

Toyota to inspect thousands of cars over fault worries

Eddie Cunningham, Motoring Editor

Published 10/04/2014 | 02:30

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A number of Toyota Rav 4 models are being recalled over potential problems with the airbags.
A number of Toyota Rav 4 models are being recalled over potential problems with the airbags.

NEARLY 8,500 Toyota owners will be contacted to have repairs carried out following a global recall of 6.39 million vehicles.

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There are five separate recalls globally – ranging from city models to SUVs – but just three glitches affect Irish-owned cars: faulty airbags, seat rails and steering-column brackets.

Toyota insists it is not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths arising from the problems.

The distributors here say free repairs/inspections for the 8,440 vehicles will take between one and 4.5 hours.

Those being recalled here are:

* 4,937 RAV4 and Hilux models made between June 2004 and December 2010 to repair potentially faulty cables for driver's airbags.

* 3,475 Yaris and Urban Cruiser models (January 2005-August 2010).

The device that locks the seat rail in position could break if the seat is adjusted "with high frequency".

* Nine Yaris T Sport and 19 Urban Cruiser models (September 2005-February 2009). They will be examined for faulty steering column brackets.

PROBLEMS

Cars with windshield wiper drainage problems and a possible fire hazard in starter motors are being recalled elsewhere but not here.

The recalls come after the Japanese company agreed last month to pay a $1.2bn penalty to the US government for misleading consumers about unintended acceleration in its vehicles.

The rash of acceleration problems – sticky petrol pedals and unsecured floor mats – sparked more than nine million recalls for various parts.

The current 6.39 million vehicle recall is the largest on a single day for Toyota since October 2012, when it called back 7.43 million Yaris, Corolla and other models to fix faulty electric window switches.

Earlier this year, it recalled 1.9 million Prius hybrids over fears a computer problem might bring the vehicle to a halt.

Recalls for most manufacturers have become more frequent and global over the past few years, mainly because they use increasingly complicated computer technology and electrics.

Irish Independent

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