Toyota is a surprisingly familiar word to see when talking about car recalls – and the brand is at it again with five separate issues leading to a global recall of 6.4 million vehicles.
Across the UK, 35,124 cars have been affected by three of the problems, leading the Japanese automaker to announce safety recalls on those RAV4, Hilux, Yaris and urban Cruiser models impacted by the faults.
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This follows the news during February that over 30,000 Prius models were recalled due to a software problem, and a non-UK recall of 885,000 cars due to an air-conditioning problem.
The huge majority of the cars in question are at risk of developing a fault that may result in the driver’s airbag not deploying in the event of a crash.
This is due to the shape and position of a retainer for the airbag unit’s spiral cable, which can be damaged when the steering wheel is turned. A total of 24,785 UK versions of the RAV4 and Hilux built between June 2004 and December 2010 feature the potentially fault, and Toyota is recalling the automobiles so that an improved spiral cord can be fitted.
There is also an issue with the seat rail spring on 10,339 Yaris and urban Cruiser models manufactured from January 2005 and August 2010.