UK recall is part of a worldwide announcement affecting 2.7m cars; firm issued recall for 7m cars last month
Jim Holder
14 November 2012

Toyota has announced it is recalling around 75,000 Avensis, Corolla and Prius models in the UK, as part of a worldwide recall of 2.7m cars. The news follows a recall of 7m Toyotas last month for an unrelated issue.

The latest recall affects certain Avensis and Corolla models registered between July 2001 and March 2009, and certain Prius models registered between July 2003 and April 2009. All models are previous-generation cars, and therefore not on sale new now.

The recall results from a potential fault with a component in the steering system, which can result in a knocking or rattling noise and the possibility of reduced steering response. Toyota says that at all times the affected cars remain safe to drive.

There have been nine reported cases of the fault in Europe, with no accidents arising from the situation, says Toyota. All owners of affected cars will be contacted by Toyota, and the fix should take around an hour.

Additionally, in the Prius there is the risk that the hybrid system water pump may fail. Three cases of this happening in Europe have been reported, says Toyota, with no reports of accidents arising from it. A dealer fix will take about 1.5 hours, it says.

 

 

 

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R32

14 November 2012

Another huge embarrassment for Toyota - again.  They seriously need to get their house in order I think.  I've never liked Japanese cars anyway (except the NSX).

rxl

14 November 2012

that's why Toyota is the bigest constructor in the world: they don't flee from the problems, they face it! unlike many carmakers that only offers 2 years warranty anda a crappy pos- sales service...

K_A

14 November 2012

rxl wrote:

that's why Toyota is the bigest constructor in the world: they don't flee from the problems, they face it! unlike many carmakers that only offers 2 years warranty anda a crappy pos- sales service...

Toyota knew about the SUA issue since 2006 but kept quiet until late 2008/early 2009, and blamed the customer. It's no secret that Toyota's CEO kept bursting into tears when confronted by American authorities. Most, if not, all car manufactures offer a minimum of three years warranty on all new cars.

rxl

14 November 2012

usually french and german manufactures only offers the 2 years obligated by EU rules. they may offers 3 ou 5 years to their costumers but as an extenssion warranty. the japanese generally offers 3 since a long time, and most recentlly start to offer 5 years in some models, Coreans group offers 7 year waranty, wich I think is too much because you are obligated to service your car in a factory aproved workshop, and there by rise the cost off maintenance in 7 years.

14 November 2012

dunno why folk would buy one anyway, they are all bland

14 November 2012

Seems after the "Unintended Acceleration" lawsuit and recall then there is always more publicity surrounding a Toyota recall than anyone else, but as I hear about a lot or recalls in this job, it seems Toyota has issued rather a lot of them recently, and always for a very large number of vehicles affected.

Whether that's down to Toyota upping their customer service levels after having their fingers burnt, or just cost cutting on production I dont know.

14 November 2012

I do not believe most people affected by this recall will mind as long as the problem is rectified.I had my Toyota recalled 7 or 8 years ago for a minor problem.The customer service is what keeps Toyota on top

14 November 2012

For having the decency to admit to the problems (or perhaps employing the most surprisingly human lawyers). Too many manufactuers hide behind (and thus reinforce) their reputations leaving us poor saps with a huge bill for some common possibly seriuos problem (Tevez module anyone?). I'd still rather trust a ten year old Toyota than a 10 year VW.

  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

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