Toyota Motor Corp has recalled approximately 230 Yaris hatchbacks and 20 Tacoma TRD pro models. The latest 2015 model of the cars were also recalls. According to the car manufacturer, defects in the rear axle-bearing bolts were the major reason behind the recall.
These bearing bolts were not tightened and can fall during operation. The components on the rear brake were damaged and the performance of your brakes will be affected. Furthermore, it can also result in a wheel lockup, and possibly cause a collision.
On the other hand, the 2015 Tacoma TRD Pro models were recalled due to incorrect B pillar tire placement. This model was distributed in Puerto Rico with no properly inflated rear and front tires. The size of the tire and inflation pressure of a cold tire did not meet satisfactory levels, in both the front and rear tires, possibly leading to accidents. Both faults are caused due to problems in the assembly line, and because they failed to tighten the bolts and fit the properly inflated tires.
Toyota further added that they are unaware of any accidents, injuries and deaths caused due by these faults in both the Yaris and Tacoma. Authorized Toyota dealers will repair vehicles without charging their customers.
The owners of these vehicles will also receive a first class mail from Toyota about the issue. Owners who have received notices from Toyota should contact an authorized dealer as soon as possible to get their vehicles fixed. Used car shoppers should also keep an eye on any outstanding recalls on vehicles they plan to buy.
Unfortunately, it is still unclear when the recall will officially begin. Customers can contact Toyota on its helpline or visit the website for further details. Toyota also recalled more than 50,000 vehicles from around the world during the second half of last year due to airbag issues. This trend of recalling vehicles is on the rise and the number of vehicles recalled every year run in millions. In fact, around 20 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide since 2008.
Toyota is ranked among the top 3 car manufacturers when it comes to recalls. This is an alarming number for car manufacturers as they have to bear hefty fines due to these recalls. The good thing is that car manufacturers acknowledge car flaws and try to solve them as quickly as they can. This also indicates that most the car manufacturers are becoming increasingly serious about customer safety.