After Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, its Toyota Innova under recall. Japanese automaker will be recalling total 44,989 units of Innova manufactured between February 2005 and December 2008. The recall is due to faulty spiral cable that is mounted on steering column. This (error) will lead to continuous illumination of an airbag warning lamp on the instrument cluster giving prior indication of a problem to the customer. In addition, the driver’s airbag may get deactivated.
Toyota is currently working on obtaining parts to replace and customers will be called individually for this replacement by the dealers. The overall activity will take around 1 hour to replace faulty cable. Deactivation of airbags could be a serious issue if the vehicle undergoes a crash scenario. It may result into serious injuries to the driver due to no inflation of airbag. But the positive point is that deactivated driver airbag will get indicated on the dashboard.
The recall activity from Toyota is part of global recall that includes total of 6.58 million vehicles suffering from seats and steering issues. In India only 44,989 are detected with the recall scanner and no issues with seats are yet seen. This will be the biggest ever recall in global automotive industry by any manufacturer. By region, the latest recall affects 2.3 million vehicles in North America, 1.09 million vehicles in Japan and 810,000 vehicles in Europe. Other regions affected by the recall include Africa, South America, Middle East and India.
Toyota cars are known for its reliability and hence Innova is the top selling in MPV segment. It is preferred by fleet operators due to low maintainance cost, good fuel economy and comfort. Innova is not only the best selling MPV but its also the top selling product from Toyota India though Etios and Liva are products that are priced much less than Innova.