Toyota recalls 18,000 cars in Switzerland
Toyota has recalled 18,000 cars in Switzerland as part of a global recall involving more than 6.5 million vehicles.
The recalls involve 27 of the Japanese automaker’s models worldwide over defects affecting seat locks and air bags, although the company said in a news release that it was not aware of any injuries or fatalities linked to these problems.
Models affected in Switzerland include Yaris and Urban Cruiser cars produced between 2005 and 2010.
In these cars, the company said springs used for the mechanism that locks the seat rail in its adjusting positions “could break”.
As a result, the seat may not lock into the adjusted position, it said.
Meanwhile, RAV4, Land Cruiser and Hilux models from 2005 to 2010 have a problem with a spiral cable with electrical connections.
It could become damaged when the steering wheel is turned, Toyota said.
Consequently, an air bag may fail to deploy, the company said.
Toyota said it will be notifying all owners of affected vehicles and will make the necessary repairs at no charge.
The recall follows a pledge by Toyota’s President Akio Toyoda to improve the company’s recall process after US regulators found the company covered up information and was too slow to recall more than 10 million vehicles in 2009 and 2010.
Last month, Toyota reached a $1.2-billion settlement with the US justice department under a “deferred prosecution agreement” following a four-year criminal investigation.
The company was found to have delayed reporting unintended acceleration problems, some of which were linked to deaths and injuries.
Toyota was also reported to be in related settlement talks on nearly 400 American lawsuits.