Toyota Australia has recalled more than 300,000 Yaris, HiLux and 70 Series LandCruiser models, as part of a worldwide program encompassing more than six million vehicles.
Around 118,600 previous-generation Yaris light cars will be recalled in sedan, three- and five-door hatch form, built between June 2005 and May 2010.
Toyota says if the front seats are moved forwards and backwards often, the locking-spring may break; a symptom that is exacerbated for three-door models where the front seats need to move to allow access to the rear.
A broken spring may see the seat stuck in its current position, or unable to be secured in the desired position.
Toyota will begin a mail-out to customers from next month when replacement parts become available, with driver’s seat bases to be replaced in sedan and five-door models, while three-door models will also get a new passenger seat base.
Around 179,000 current-generation HiLux variants built between April 2004 and December 2009 are also up for a recall.
A spiral cable forming part of the supplementary restraint system (SRS), located between the steering wheel and steering column, may become damaged when the steering wheel is repeatedly turned.
If the spiral cable is damaged, the SRS airbag warning light will illuminate and the driver's airbag may not deploy in the event of a collision.
A mail-out to HiLux customers is not expected to commence until July when parts become available, with the repairs estimated to take around one hour.
Owners are advised to continue driving their HiLux pickups until then, while monitoring the SRS airbag warning light.
Finally, LandCruiser 70 Series models fitted with anti-lock brakes (ABS) are being recalled.
The affected models were built between May 2012 and March 2014, and are fitted with a brake hose bracket located on the front differential which may break, causing brake fluid to leak.
Toyota will begin a mail-out to affected owners shortly but until then, owners are advised not to drive on corrugated roads at speeds greater than 80km/h.
Any Yaris, HiLux or LandCruiser owners wishing to learn more about the recalls should contact their local dealer.
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