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Toyota recall hits SA

2012-11-14 11:29

TOKYO, Japan - Toyota is recalling 2.7-million vehicles globally due to issues with water pumps and a steering shaft defect, as part the latest spate of quality woes for the automaker.

Some 1.51 million vehicles are being recalled for the steering defect in Japan and 1.25 million vehicles abroad, including 670 000 in the US.

Affected models include the Prius hybrid and Corolla produced from 2000 to 2011 in Japan, and from 2000 to 2009 in other markets.

South African owners of first generation Prius models will be affected. No accidents have been reported, Toyota said.

REPUTATION IN TROUBLE


According to the automaker, 620 000 vehicles, spanning five hybrid models, have a defective water pump in addition to a steering shaft defect.

The latest recalls affecting the Prius follow a 7.43-million vehicle recall due to a faulty power-window switch in October 2012.

Toyota has been trying to repair its reputation after a series of massive recalls totalling 14-million vehicles over several years.

Before its recalls, Toyota had boasted a reputation for pristine quality, centered around its production methods and quality control. Toyota executives have acknowledged the escalating recalls were partly caused by the automaker's overly ambitious growth goals.

Leo Kok, senior manager of corporate communications Toyota South Africa, said that the recall, while affecting SA owners, was not "safety critical"

Kok said: "Only a small number of first generation Pruis models will be upgraded. It's not a recall since the issues are not safety critical.

"In SA, 701 units are affected. No Corolla or Avensis models will be affected," Kok concluded.

AP

Comments
  • brak.jan - 2012-11-14 12:55

    another Toyota recall? Eish....

      mogo.naut - 2012-11-14 14:33

      Don't tell me you're surprised? At least they're actually doing something about common problems..

      brak.jan - 2012-11-14 15:49

      @ mogo - fair enough. At least they take responsibility and fix the problems

  • shaunisaac.malambo - 2012-11-14 19:39

    I'm glad i'm not driving any of their unsafe vehicles, really out of 2.7 million, how many vehicles will be repaired? I spoke to a lawyer friend of mine on this issue. Some interesting facts. Announcing these recalls the vehicle manufacturers are just protecting themselves from any legal lawsuit against them. So if you buy one of these cars and something does happen to you, a claim can't be lodged against them, even if they know about these defects in their products. By using the term non "safety critical" part, it means that if something does go wrong if you are involved in an accident or suffered loss, you have to proof that these parts was indeed the the cause of the accident. Toyota owners my advise record all these recalls and the dates it was published in the media. Notice whenever they announce a recall the motoring media is used to "distribute" the news, so it can be viewed as a public notice. Educate yourselves people.

      quintin.beukes73 - 2012-11-14 20:39

      I've been driving a 2008 corolla d4d exclusive from newly purchased up to now, 176000 km on clock, driving the living piss out of it and even had the chip changed by dastek for kw and nm upgrade. No problems yet! where's the quality issues? can't say the same for the jetta tdi I drove before that. Turbo went pop after 37000km.... nuff said

      naolifant - 2012-11-15 07:34

      I'm also a happy driver of a 2007 Toyota Auris 2.0 D4D. Bought it new it has never stopped despite some rough terrains of KZN. 192656 km on the clock as we speak.

      thando.gqabaza - 2012-11-15 07:44

      Guys ,I have friends with similar experiences to yours. Toyota with recalls is still better than other manufacturers

      christiaan.carstens.9 - 2012-11-16 09:54

      We have a 3.0 D4d Hilux on Othihaze mine and its being used for work, not parking on sidewalks. 297897km and we only replaced the injectors.That's why it looks like a Toyota factory on this mine, nothing beats a Toyota on reliability

  • vince.hobs - 2012-11-14 20:20

    Atleast they are better than Volkswagen who protect their faulty turbochargers that blows at 40000 k,ss in order to shield their reputation.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-11-14 22:08

    Take a look at the pic. Cloud of smoke emanating from the rear. Use a bit of imagination.

  • wackidmaledu - 2012-12-07 11:27

    ahhh!!!

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