Toyota Australia has recalled thousands of its 2020-2023 Yaris hatch vehicles following the discovery of a manufacturing defect which could cause loss of steering control.
The recall affects regular petrol and hybrid versions of Toyota’s fourth generation Yaris – but not the GR Yaris hot hatch, or the Yaris Cross SUV.
The Department of Transport says 7,633 vehicles have the manufacturing defect which could cause the car’s front suspension to collapse.
“Due to a manufacturing defect, small cracks may form in the front lower suspension arms when driving on rough (corrugated) roads,” the department’s recall notice said.
“As a result, the suspension may collapse or detach from the vehicle. If this occurs, the vehicle may experience a sudden loss of steering control.
“A loss of steering control could increase the risk of an accident-causing injury or death to vehicle occupants and/or other road users.”
Toyota will contact affected customers in writing, asking them to make an appointment at a Toyota dealer to inspect their vehicle.
Front lower suspension arms will be replaced if necessary, free of charge.
Owners of the affected cars can also contact the Toyota Recall Assist Helpline on 1800 987 366 or email email@example.com for more information.
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