Toyota Recalls 6.39 Million Cars Worldwide
Toyota, the world’s leader in the automotive industry, has announced another set of recall affecting 6.39 million cars worldwide. It uncovered five different faults involving parts ranging from steering to seats.
In the largest of the recall announced last Wednesday, April 9, Toyota said some 3.5 million cars were affected by a spiral cable assembly problem. The driver’s airbag module is connected to a spiral cable assembly with electrical connections that could potentially become damaged when the steering wheel is turned. As a result, the air bag warning lamp will light and the driver’s air bag could become deactivated, causing it not to deploy when the car experienced a crash.
The reported affected vehicles comprises of 27 Toyota models including model Year 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Tacoma, 2006-2008 RAV4 and 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles. About 2.34 million of the affected vehicles were sold in North America, another 810,000 were sold in parts of Europe.
In the Philippines, Toyota has also announced a recall due to the similar defect affecting three Toyota models namely Fortuner, Hilux, and Innova sold from November 2004 to June 2010. The company said authorized Toyota dealers will replace the affected vehicle’s’ spiral cable assembly free of charge.
In the second-largest of the Toyota recalls, some 2.32 million three-door models were recalled due to a seat rail problem. The affected vehicles are certain model Year 2006-2010 Yaris Hatchback vehicles, certain Model Year 2007-2010 Yaris Sedan vehicles, and certain Model Year 2008-2010 Scion xD vehicles.
The problem occurs in the springs used in seat rail of the driver seat and also the front passenger seat of three-door models. The springs used for the mechanism which lock the seat rail in its adjusting positions could break. Toyota said this could happen if the seat is adjusted forward and/or rearward with high frequency. If a seat rail spring breaks, the seat may not lock into the adjusted position. If the vehicle is operated with a broken seat rail spring, the seat could move in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant.
Currently, Toyota has yet to announce a remedy to this problem. Once available, it will involve replacement of the seat track assembly at no charge to the customer.
The other recalls are for faulty steering column brackets, windshield wiper motors and engine starters. Customers can inquire to Toyota Customer Experience at 1 800-331-4331 to know if their vehicles are affected. Toyota has also set up a page in their website for customers to enter their Vehicle’s Identification Number to know if their cars are included in the recall.