Toyota has issued a recall in Australia this week for its HiLux workhorse, when fitted with the genuine auxiliary battery kit.
Both 2WD and 4WD HiLux Hi Rider diesel-powered models are included in the recall, sold in Australia between September 2015 and January of this year.
Toyota says an “improper fixing structure of the battery kit to the left hand front fender apron” could be damaged by vibrations when driving on rough roads.
Should this occur, the battery could move sufficiently to make contact with an engine wiring harness.
Damage to the harness may cause warning lights to appear in the instrument cluster, and in severe cases, the engine may cease to operate.
Around 1500 genuine auxiliary battery kits were sold within the period targeted by the recall, but the total number of HiLuxs sold during the same timeframe was 39,700.
As it would be difficult for Toyota to know which of the 39,700 HiLuxs were fitted with battery kits and which weren’t, all owners will receive a letter from Toyota inviting them to make to appointment with their local dealer to have the problem rectified.
If your HiLux does not have the battery kit installed, simply advise Toyota when you receive your letter.
The recall process will involve an initial inspection of the battery fixture with new parts to be fitted at a later date. Parts are expected to be available from next month, and all inspections and subsequent works will be carried out at no cost to owners.
Toyota Australia reports nine cases of cracking on the fender apron of the pickup, but no incidents have resulted from this damage to date.
Affected owners can expect a letter from Toyota shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer or phone Toyota Australia on 1800 987 366.
Affected models were sold in Australia between May and December 2016, with a total of 132 Range Rovers and 1718 Range Rover Sports on the recall list in Australia.
The problem surrounds the vehicle’s the emergency locking retractor in the front passenger safety belt assembly, which may not function as intended.
Should this occur, the front seat passenger may not be served with the full capacity of the restraint system during a collision, potentially presenting a greater risk of injury.
The recall process will include replacement of the offending seatbelt assembly.
Land Rover will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer.
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