Toyota’s Complicated Recall Announcement Simplified

Toyota’s Complicated Recall Announcement Simplified

Today, Toyota announced a spate of recalls that affect 6.4 million vehicles across the globe.

The massive announcement calls further attention to flaws with cars manufactured by the same company that the U.S. government slapped with a $1.2 billion fine for covering up flaws with its vehicles that caused unintended acceleration. In North America, the collective campaigns will see roughly 2.3 million vehicles spanning several nameplates.

Two key issues affect vehicles in North America. Here’s an organized breakdown of the announcement. If you own any of the following, expect to take your car in to a dealership to have the following problems addressed.

The spring used in your driver’s seat could break. If that happens, your seat might not stay in place.

  • 2007 – 2010 Toyota Yaris hatchback (158,000 affected)
  • 2009 – 2010 Toyota Yaris sedan (250,500 affected)

The same issue described above can apply to both front seats in the following.

  • 2008 – 2010 Scion xD (64,000 affected)

A second, much larger recall was also announced today. In total, it affects roughly 1.3 million vehicles that have a cable in the steering column with electrical connections that may be damaged over time when the wheel is turned. If that damage is severe enough, it could interfere with the driver’s airbag deploying properly. Keep an eye on your airbag light. It will illuminate if there is a problem. These are the models Toyota is recalling. The company didn’t release a breakdown by nameplate.

  • 2009 – 2010 Corolla
  • 2009 – 2010 Matrix
  • 2008 – 2010 Highlander
  • 2009 – 2010 Tacoma pickup truck
  • 2006 – 2008 RAV4
  • 2006 – 2010 Yaris (hatch vs sedan not specified by Toyota)

It’s also important to note that the Pontiac Vibe, which is a re-badged version of the Toyota Matrix, is also being recalled.

  • Steve

    It sure is amazing that the foreign companies are held to a higher standard than our own here in America. GM, Ford and Dodge produce vehicles with greater issues than seat spring failures, but you don’t here of recalls for their products. Something about a double standard that burns my butt!

  • Rhonda Varner

    Always hear this of the Japanese vehicles like they are inferior now. Yet Gm Ford etc..continue to have bigger issues which are just slid under the carpet. Hats off to a manufacturer that will take care of a mistake they may have made. Toyota did us a great favor with their frame recall. What is ford doing with all their frames?? NOTHING. This doesn’t effect my purchasing a toyota at all. Makes me feel that if I buy toyota I get an extented amount of care.

  • RC

    I still love Toyota!

  • Steve Witte

    Ford, GM and Dodge will only issue a recall when forced to by the feds. Toyota does it on their own when they recognize a problem. Another reason I will only ever own Toyotas.

  • OD

    Just curious, has anyone had issues with clutch to soon wear off on 2007-2011 Camry’s manual shift…

    yes , I still prefer Toyota vs Ford, GM or Dodge

  • jf

    so continue to ride shitty car

  • Nancy

    I have 2005 Toyota Pickup……I live in the NE with lots of salt, winter snow, crappy weather……my truck looks like new and I do not have a garage….I drive 70 miles a day back and forth to work. I had a Ford 150 before this and a Ford Ranger before that…..they turned into rust buckets, could hardly get anyone to take them on a trade…..I could get over 12K for my truck now if I traded………Love Love my TACO

  • mastertech

    Clutches only wear out when people use the clutch pedal for a foot rest.