Fuel and airbag issues spark Toyota recall

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Fuel and airbag issues spark Toyota recall

Toyota recall some 72,885 UK cars as part of a global recall of more than three million vehicles to fix two potential faults.

All of the affected cars, Toyota Prius, Auris and Lexus CT200h models built between April 2006 and August 2015, could suffer from cracks in the coating of a fuel emissions control unit mounted in the fuel tank.

Toyota says that the cracks could expand over time and, eventually, fuel leak from them when the vehicle has a full tank of petrol.

Meanwhile 34,135 Prius and Lexus CT200h models included in the above recall and made between October 2008 and August 2012 could also have a fault in a curtain shield airbag.

A small crack in the weld between the two chambers of the airbag inflators could expand over time, especially if the car is parked up for a period, and this could cause the airbag to partly inflate and the inflator to enter the cabin, with a risk to injury of occupants.

Toyota adds that its review has so far shown no evidence of any injuries resulting from either of the two faults. The repairs, which will be free of charge, will involve new fuel emissions control canisters being fitted, taking around two hours, and in the case of the airbags retention brackets being fitted to the inflators.

Toyota will be contacting all affected owners by post or telephone and inviting them to book an appointment with their local dealer. A Recall Helpline has also been set up on 0344 7016202.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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