Global Toyota Recall Impacts Over 500K Vehicles in Canada
Toyota is recalling more than 6 million vehicles worldwide in five actions covering nearly 30 different models. Of those actions, two impact Canada.
Of the more than 6 million units involved in the recalls announced this morning by Toyota, over 500,000 of these vehicles are in Canada.
According to a statement from Toyota Motor Corp. posted to Bloomberg.com, the five recalls tally up to 6.76 million vehicles spanning 27 Toyota models, the Pontiac Vibe and Subaru Trezia. The statement explains that with some models including in more than one action, the official number of units to be fixed is 6.39 million. The automaker also said in the statement that it doesn’t know of any crashes, injuries or deaths from these issues.
Toyota Motor Sales USA provided sister publication Auto Remarketing a numbers breakdown of the five issues being addressed, only the top two of which impact Canada
Below are the global numbers of vehicles affected by these actions:
— Spiral cable: 3.5 million
— Seat track: 2.32 million
— Steering column bracket: 760,000
— Windshield wiper motor: 169,000
— Starter motor: 20,000
Here’s how that shakes out in Canada, per a pair of statements released this morning from Toyota Canada Inc.:
Spiral cable: Toyota Canada Inc., announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 360,963 model year 2009-2010 Corolla, model year 2009-2010 Matrix, Model Year 2008-2010 Highlander, model year 2009-2010 Tacoma, model year 2006-2008 RAV4 and model year 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles.
“The driver’s airbag module in the involved vehicles is attached to a spiral cable assembly with electrical connections that could become damaged when the steering wheel is turned,” the company said.
If this occurs, 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 a crash.
“Toyota is currently preparing the remedy for this condition. For all involved vehicles, the spiral cable will be replaced with an improved one at a Toyota dealership. Once preparations are complete, Toyota will send an owner notification letter by mail and the remedy will be provided at no charge,” the statement reads.
Seat track: Toyota Canada Inc., announced that it will conduct a safety recall involving approximately 152,438 vehicles consisting of certain model year 2006-2010 Yaris Hatchback vehicles; certain model year 2007-2010 Yaris Sedan vehicles; and certain model year 2010 Scion xD vehicles.
In the seat rail of the driver seat of the involved vehicles 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.
“This can 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. Toyota is not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by this condition,” the statement explained.
There are two things a vehicle occupants may find if the issue has impacted his or her car, as listed by the company:
— If both of the springs have broken, the seat will not lock into the adjusted position.
— In limited instances, if a spring has broken and becomes stuck in the seat rail, the seat may only be capable of forward movement.
“Toyota is currently preparing the remedy. Once preparations are complete, owners of vehicles subject to this recall will receive an owner notification letter by mail. The remedy, when available, will involve replacement of the seat track assembly at no charge to the customer,” the company said.
Information is available to customers at www.toyota.ca/recall and the Toyota Customer Interaction Centre at 1-888-TOYOTA-8 (1-888-869-6828) or www.scion.ca and Scion Canada 1-866-9-SCION-1 (1-866-972-4661).
Editor's Note: Auto Remarketing editor Joe Overby contributed to this report.