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Toyota SA: No need to panic

2012-10-12 07:12

JOHANNESBURG - There is no need for local car owners to panic because of Toyota's worldwide vehicle recall, Toyota SA said on Thursday, October 11, 2012.

Spokesman Leo Kok said: "It's not a case where motorists must stop driving and bring in their vehicle immediately.

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"We are currently going through our database and running a check to match vehicle identity numbers, and should have a better idea of numbers later today.

"All affected vehicle owners will be contacted and there is definitely no cause for panic."

Kok said any drivers who were not the original owners of the vehicle were also welcome to contact the call centre if they were concerned.

Worldwide, 7.4 million vehicles would be recalled for the incorrectly applied lubrication to the master switch on the driver's door, which controls the electric windows.

"The main switch was not properly lubricated in the manufacturing process," Kok explained.

"If the lubrication was not applied correctly it can carbonise and dry out. The fluorine grease which we will use to re-lubricate the switches is being flown in from overseas, as we speak."

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In the worst-case scenario, a switch could spark, which may cause some smoke, but it was more likely to malfunction or stick.

"We are viewing it as an international service campaign where owners can take their vehicles to their nearest dealer and sit and have a cup of coffee while the switch is either re-lubricated or, if damaged, replaced."

There would be no cost to owners and warranties would not be affected.

Vehicles likely to be recalled were specific models of the Corolla, Yaris, Auris, Camry and Rav4, manufactured at plants in China, Japan and the Philippines.

Kok said it varied between the different countries, but the widest net was for models manufactured between 2005 and 2009.

Toyota SA's call centre details are: 0800 139 111 or ccc@tsb.toyota.co.za

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Comments
  • dintwe.mohutsioa - 2012-10-12 09:09

    of course you won't say "need to panic" or will you? not likely that will depreciate the "reliability factor" even if it means putting people's live in danger

      Tony Lapson - 2012-10-12 13:01

      ???? Electric window switch.... Lives at risk. I see your logic.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-10-12 13:01

      ???? Electric window switch.... Lives at risk. I see your logic.

      Vickers - 2012-10-13 06:04

      Tony take a look at: http://www.wheels24.co.za/News/Industry_News/Honda-recalls-Jazz-after-fire-20100129 and http://www.2oceansvibe.com/2009/09/04/justin-nurse-responds-after-losing-daughter/ Something as insignificant as a window switch can and has killed. Yes that was a Honda Jazz but if that was my daughter and I owned a Toyota I would be very worried.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-12 09:12

    When FORTURNER owners complained that those Vehicles displayed too much BODYROLL

  • lourens.a.kloppers - 2012-10-12 09:13

    what about the toyotas made in durban??

  • sean.ohagan.777 - 2012-10-12 09:16

    When somebody says "don't panic" then you need to be scared, very scared! Just like saying "trust me, I'm a Toyota mechanic." These are the same experts who replaced the engine on my RAV after only 78,000kms although independant experts found nothing wrong with the old engine. See www.toyotasucks.co.za for full details. The You Tube video is in production!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-10-12 13:06

      I've had 2 toyotas. A Yaris and an auris. Reliability on Toyota is amazing in comparison to my brand new VW. I ran my second hand auris till 95000 k's and didn't have a single repair/replacement. The vw is at 24000 and already the breaks and engine are showing worrying signs. Your situation is based on human greed, not manufactures reliability.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-10-12 13:06

      I've had 2 toyotas. A Yaris and an auris. Reliability on Toyota is amazing in comparison to my brand new VW. I ran my second hand auris till 95000 k's and didn't have a single repair/replacement. The vw is at 24000 and already the breaks and engine are showing worrying signs. Your situation is based on human greed, not manufactures reliability.

      Mandy Casey - 2012-10-13 11:58

      Not so long ago there was a story here about a guy that drove 1000000km trouble free in his VW polo. They gave him a new odo and he is still driving.

      jerome.fortuin.71 - 2012-10-14 12:20

      i drive a 1995 corolla which the odo started on 0 and i never opened engine only service and the usual maintanance so i guess it's true that everything keeps going rite with toyota. Everyone else can think what they like i won't drive anything else

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