A vehicle recall is fairly common this year and this week sees two new ones join the list. These recent safety related recalls see both Toyota and Suzuki announcing the recall of thousands of vehicles each. Here’s a brief over view of both company’s notices.
Toyota announce recall
Japanese manufacturers, Toyota, are recalling more then 430,000 vehicles including some Lexus GS, Sienna and Highlander models. The announcement follows the company’s massive April recall that affected 6.39 million vehicles across the globe.
This month sees around 370,000 Toyota Sienna vehicles from model years 2004 to 2011 recalled. This is due to a problem with the cable on the spare tyre carrier stowed under the vehicle. The cable on these cars’ carriers could break as a result of excessive corrosion, causing the tyre to separate from the vehicle and increasing the crash risks. The company spokesperson stated that Toyota is unaware of any accidents related to the issue.
Around 50,000 units of the 2014 Highlander and 2014 Highlander HV will also be recalled. This is due to an issue with the front passenger seat belt. The company reported that improper software was installed in the air bag electronic control unit of the affected vehicles. As a result, the seat belt could apply an incorrect amount of force in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of passenger injury.
The recall will also affect 10,462 units of the 2013 Lexus GS for a brake pedal load sensing switch issue. The defect could cause the brake control system to initiate braking while driving, without activating the rear brake lights.
Suzuki announce recall
Suzuki are recalling more than 184,244 US market small cars made for it by General motors (GM) as there is a chance of the steering column catching fire. This affects Suzuki Forenza models from 2004 to 2008 and Reno models from 2005 to 2008, these were manufactured from September 1st 2003 through to July 2009.
The company described the same problem which has also lead to GM recalling 218,000 South Korean made Chevrolet Aveo and Optra sub-compacts earlier this week. The problem is that the headlamp switch or daytime running light module can overheat, melt and catch fir on the left side of the steering column. GM has reported that it has no immediate remedy for the problem.
The faulty headlight switch came from Korean supplier Woochang. According to what Suzuki told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the defective running light modules were supplied by Hamsar Diversco of Ontario, Canada.
Suzuki has previously recalled some of the same models in August 2012 due to a poor electrical connection that could cause headlights to fail.
We’ll keep you updated on new vehicle recall news as the information becomes available.