Third car recall deals further blow to Toyota
Posted on: 21st Nov 2012
Toyota is facing another embarrassing blow to its reputation as it recalls 2.8 million vehicles to fix faulty steering problems.
This is the third time that owners of the Japanese manufacturer's products have had to return more to forecourts in just three years - more than 18 million of them.
The latest recall affects nine models, including 75,000 Corolla, Avensis, and Prius vehicles in the UK, due to problems with the steering mechanism and, in the hybrid Prius, a separate potential hitch with the water pump.
But the recall comes just a month after the car maker called back more than 7 million vehicles because of a fire risk connected to faulty window switches.
In 2009, Toyota faced major safety concerns after problems emerged with the accelerator pedals on several of its models including the RAV4 and Corolla.
In the latest recall Toyota GB registered recalls for certain Avensis and Corolla models (July 2001 to March 2009) and for Prius (July 2003 to April 2009) with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA). All models are previous generation, i.e. not new models currently on sale.
The issues are that on certain Avensis, Corolla and Prius models (July 2001 to April 2009) there is a possibility of an issue with a component in the steering system, prompting a knocking or rattling and possibly a reduction in steering response.
In such circumstances, Toyota says, the vehicle will remain safe to drive. There have been nine reported cases of this issue in Europe and no reports of any associated accidents.
Also, on Prius models there is a possibility the water pump in the hybrid system may fail. Should this happen it will be indicated by a warning light being illuminated on the dashboard.
There have been three reported cases in Europe. There are no reported accidents related to this issue.
Toyota GB will contact the owners of all affected vehicles within the next six weeks, asking them to make an appointment to bring their car to their nearest Toyota dealer for inspection.