Toyota confirms UK car recall

Posted on 9 Apr 2014 by The Manufacturer

Toyota is to recall more than 35,000 UK cars as part of a product recall of over 6.4m vehicles worldwide.

The three separate issues, which relate to the recall, affect some RAV4, Hilux, Yaris and Urban Cruiser models, and has resulted in 35,124 UK-registered vehicles being part of a recall by the Japanese manufacturer.

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.

This fault makes up the largest share of the recall, accounting for 24,785 models manufactured between June 2004 and December 2010.

Just over 10,000 Toyota Yaris and Urban Cruiser models built between January 2005 and August 2010 are affected by a spring mechanism locking the driver door.

Additionally, in three-door cars, the adjustment rails under the front passenger seats may be under-strength and could break if seats are frequently moved back and forwards.

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.

Other vehicles being recalled are 1,293 second generation Yaris cars with tilt steering wheel adjustment and Urban Cruiser models built from September 2005 to February 2009.

Toyota said customers would have their cars inspected and repaired free and urged people to check if their vehicle was affected by looking up its registration on the company website.

In February, Toyota recalled nearly 31,000 UK-registered cars because of a computer problem that could cause the vehicle to stop, part of a £1.9m worldwide Prius model recall.