Toyota recalls 93,000 cars in the UAE
Dubai, April 10, 2014
Toyota has recalled more than 93,000 vehicles in the UAE, as part of a global recall of over six million vehicles, said a report.
Al Futtaim Motors, the exclusive distributor of Toyota in the emirates, confirmed that 28,605 Camry sedans and Rav4 vehicles and another 28,804 Hilux, Fortuner and Innova vehicles had to be brought back for a spiral cable issue, said the Gulf News report.
The spiral cable issues related to models built between April 2004 and December 2010, it said.
"In the affected vehicles, due to potential damage of an electrical connection in the spiral cable assembly, the connectivity to the driver's airbag module could be affected," Al-Futtaim was quoted as saying in a statement.
"If connectivity is lost, the air bag warning lamp will illuminate. In addition, the driver's air bag could become deactivated, causing it to not deploy in the event of an accident.
"Al-Futtaim Motors will begin contacting all customers with affected vehicles to replace the spiral cable," the statement added.
The recall could extend to more than 233,000 vehicles sold in the region and 3.5 million units globally, said the report.
Al Futtaim also confirmed that 39,000 Yaris vehicles, built between 2005 and 2010, will have to be checked for a 'seat track' special service campaign, while another 2,377 models, made between 2005 and 2009, will come under the special service check for a possible ‘instrument panel reinforcement assembly’ defect, it said.
"In the affected vehicles, the spring used for the mechanism that locks the driver's seat rail in its adjusting positions could break if the seat is adjusted with high frequency," Al Futtaim was quoted as saying.
"If this occurs, the seat may not be fully locked in position. In limited instances, the broken spring could become stuck in the seat rail, and the seat might appear to be locked in position," it added.