Toyota Australia adds significant fleet vehicles to safety recall list
Takata airbag safety recalls continue as Toyota Australia adds the Yaris, Corolla and Avensis Verso people mover to the list of vehicles with potential hazards in the deployment of its airbags.
A further 179,710 cars from March 2007 to December 2011 are involved in the Takata airbag recall saga, with potential for passenger airbag inflators susceptible to moisture intrusion over time. The risk means inflators could rupture and injure occupants with metallic projectile fragments during a collision severe enough to set off the passenger airbag.
In May 2015 Toyota recalled 181,000 Carolla, Yaris, Avensis Verso, Echo and RAV4 vehicles built from 2003 to 2007 for the same potential airbag deployment hazard, further extending the Yaris and Avensis Verso campaigns to extend to vehicles made to December 2008.
The latest recall will commence in Q2 of 2017 and owners will be notified on or near November 10, 2016 of the recall and instructions to take their vehicle to their nearest Toyota dealership for the free-of-charge rectification work, expected to take between one and three hours.
There have been no reported incidents in Australia.
Toyota Australia manager corporate affairs Beck Angel said fleet customers shouldn’t be concerned unless they still have this previous generation of Yaris, Corolla or Avensis.
“Typically the majority of our large fleet customers turn over cars every three to four years, so they would not be impacted by this recall,” she said, “That said, we will be sending out letters to impacted owners (or any relevant fleets customers) within the next few weeks.”
“Our goal is always to minimise any downtime and inconvenience for our customers during this process. If we are aware of large fleet companies that have multiple vehicles impacted, we work with them on a case by case basis to find the best solution for them.”
For further information, customers can contact the Toyota recall campaign helpline on 1800 987 366.
A full list of impacted vehicles and additional information can be found below.