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Toyota recalls RAV-4, Urban Cruiser and Yaris

More than 35,000 UK cars affected

Toyota has today announced a worldwide recall for three separate safety issues concerning three of its car models and the Hilux pick-up truck.

It has identified a potential problem that could cause the driver’s airbag on the RAV-4 and Hilux to deactivate. More than 24,000 models manufactured between June 2004 and December 2010 are affected.

Two other safety issues are to be addressed on both the Yaris and Urban Cruiser. The first concerns a spring in the mechanism that locks the front seats into place that could break causing the seats to move in the event of a crash. Just over 10,000 UK vehicles will be recalled for this, they were all built between January 2005 and August 2010.

The second issue concerns a weld in the steering column that could break causing the steering column to tilt out of position. Affected cars were made between September 2005 and February 2009, the total involved in the UK is 1,293.

Toyota stresses that there have been no accidents, injuries or fatalities linked to these issues.

Is your car affected?

Owners of vehicles manufactured during the specified dates can use a registration look-up on the owners’ section of www.toyota.co.uk to see if their car is affected. They can also call the Toyota Recall Helpline on 0800 138 8744.

Which? praises the pro-active stance Toyota is taking regarding issuing these recalls. We are looking to the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, previously known as VOSA, Vehicle Operating Standards Authority) to ensure all car makers issue safety related recalls whenever necessary.

We have investigated a number of cases where we believe car models have a safety related fault that should be subject to a recall. We have also set up a database for car owners to tell us if they believe their car has a recall-worthy fault.

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