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UAE affected by massive Toyota recalls


Costs to businesses remain hidden with almost 100,000 cars to be withdrawn

April 10, 2014 1:04 by

Just months into rebuilding its reputation as a reliable car manufacturer, Toyota announced yesterday, April 9, that it plans to recall more than six million vehicles worldwide. Of these, approximately 100,000 are to be recalled in the UAE; cars with a production date as far back as 2005 are being included in this service check.

One of the main reasons for the recall is to replace a spiral cable on the driver’s side airbag that could lead to a malfunction.

Commenting on the recalls in the UAE, regional Toyota dealership, Al Futtaim Motors, says: “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. If connectivity is lost, the airbag warning lamp will illuminate. In addition, the driver’s airbag could become deactivated, causing it to not deploy in the event of an accident.”

Globally, other issues include problems with seat rails, windscreen wipers and engine starters, which could lead to fires.

“Due to inefficiencies in the design of the starter motor relays, metallic particles might accumulate on the contacts within the relay. [Worst case scenario], this could lead to the starter relays catching fire” Toyota told the BBC.

No reports of crashes or deaths attributed to these problems have been reported so far and a total of 27 models will be recalled, including the Camry, Yaris, Hilux and RAV 4.

“Toyota is working with its distributors/dealers in the potentially impacted countries to promptly address this issue,” according to Toyota’s regional office.

The company has apologised for the inconvenience, emphasising that its main concern was customer safety. Yet the true cost of these recalls and impact on businesses is hardly mentioned.

“We will not be able to assess cost at this stage,” says Suzan Kazzi, Toyota’s regional PRO.

While car recalls are not uncommon, Toyota’s most recent one was as recent as February this year.

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