Toyota recalls Avalon, Land Cruiser in UAE
Dubai, April 1, 2014
Toyota has decided to recall select models of Toyota Avalon and Land Cruiser 70 pick-up vehicles over manufacturing faults, said a report.
These models will be put through a special service campaign, which will ensure the defect is fixed in about 790 vehicles, said the Emirates 24/7 report.
As many as 372 Avalons from the 2003-2004 models have been listed for recall, said an official statement from Al Futtaim Motors, the exclusive distributor of Toyota in the UAE.
"Following communication with Toyota Motor Corporation, we have started a special service campaign on 372 Toyota Avalon 2003- 2004 models in the UAE," Jon Williams, managing director of Al-Futtaim Motors was quoted as saying.
"The airbag control module for the supplemental restraint system (SRS) in these vehicles could have been manufactured with application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs). When exposed to high inductive electrical noise from various vehicle electrical components, these ASICs could experience an internal short that creates abnormal current flow and increased heat,” he said.
"If this occurs, there is a possibility that the ASIC could become damaged. In some instances, the front airbag(s) and/or seat belt pretensions could inadvertently deploy. To fix this, a sub-wire harness (filter) will be installed to minimise electrical noise from the other electrical components,” said Williams.
In addition, 418 Toyota Land Cruiser 70 pick-up, 2012 to 2014 models, will also be recalled, said the report.