The recall affects over 6.5m vehicles globally, with no reports of any accidents, injuries or fatalities linked to these issues
For the RAV4 and Hilux, the recall applies to the spiral cable assembly, which means that there may be a risk when the steering wheel is turned of damage to certain circuits that provide connectivity to the airbag. This may lead to the airbag warning light illuminating on the instrument panel and the driver’s airbag being deactivated.
The vehicles subject to this recall are RAV4 and Hilux models manufactured within the period June 2004 and December 2010. In total this covers 24,785 UK-registered models, split broadly equally between the two models.
All the vehicles affected by this issue are being recalled so that an improved spiral cable can be fitted.
The installation will take about one hour to complete; the work will be carried out free of charge.
Vehicle owners will be contacted by Toyota within the coming weeks by post or telephone and asked to make an appointment to bring their car to their nearest Toyota Centre, in accordance with DVSA guidelines.
Customers can check whether their vehicle is affected using a registration look-up function in the owners section of the main Toyota website (www.toyota.co.uk).
If owners require additional information they can contact Toyota Recall Helpline on 0800 1388744.