Toyota recalls 35,000 models in UK

Toyota recalls 35,000 models in UK

Toyota is recalling more than 35,000 models in the UK after discovering faults that could deactivate airbags, cause seats to move while driving and break steering columns.

The Japanese manufacturer has put out recall notices on some RAV4, Hilux, Yaris and Urban Cruiser models.

While Toyota said there have been no reports of accidents, injuries or fatalities linked to the issues, it has issued the recall on the 35,124 models registered in the UK to comply with Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) standards.

The risk of the driver's airbag deactivating is most prevalent in RAV4 and Hilux models, where turning the steering wheel could damage certain circuits, causing the airbag warning light on the dashboard to light up.

Toyota said that some 24,785 models built between June 2004 and December 2010 have been identified with these faults.

A spring mechanism locking the driver's seat has been identified as an issue in the Yaris and Urban Cruiser models. Meanwhile front passenger seats in three-door models may be understrength and could break if seats are frequently moved back and forwards.

The manufacturer said that if the spring breaks, seats may not lock in position and could move in a crash.

Some 10,339 vehicles built between January 2005 and August 2010 are affected by these problems.

Toyota has warned that a weld connecting the steering column bracket to the instrument panel could break when the steering is turned at full force on these models, causing the steering column to tilt out of position. The company said that the problem would not cause a motorist to lose control of their vehicle.

Around 1,293 second generation Yaris and Urban Cruiser models with tilt/telescopic steering wheel adjustment are part of the recall.

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