Toyota Vietnam recalling 126 sedans over valve spring defect

November 08, 2013 | 15:36
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Toyota Motor Vietnam (TMV) is recalling 126 Land Cruiser Prado and Hiace sedans in the country as part of a global recall campaign of four models of the world’s leading automaker.

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is globally recalling sedans of the models Tacoma, Coaster, Land Cruiser Prado, and Hiace that were manufactured in Japan between May 24 and October 23 to repair their engine valve springs, TMV said, citing a TMC statement on Thursday.

TMC said the engine valve springs of the involved vehicles made by one of two suppliers could “develop cracks and break over time due to improper maintenance of manufacturing equipment used to make the part.”

The Japanese automaker said abnormal noise and rough engine performance can be noticeable if the problem occurs, adding that in some cases “the engine could fail and stop while the vehicle is being driven.”

In Vietnam, according to TMV, 126 cars including 61 Hiaces and 65 Land Cruiser Prados imported from Japan are subject to the recall.

These vehicles are imported and distributed by TMV.

TMV will check and replace the engine valve springs of the affected sedans, it said.

On Thursday, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. also announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall of approximately 4,000 2013-2014 Tacoma 4 cylinder pickup trucks on account of a similar defect.



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