Toyota PH recalls certain Prius and Rav4 units
By Eileen Mencias
Toyota Motor Philippines Corp. (TMPC) is recalling 1,238 Prius and Rav4 vehicles due to an improper assembly of the electrical contacts in the reminder switch.
TMPC first vice president Rommel Gutierrez said 81 units of the Prius and 1,157 RAV SUVs were included in the special service campaign.
For the Prius, units produced from November 27, 2015 to September 27, 2017 and officially sold in the Philippine market are covered. TMPC said the driver seat inner belts of the Prius need to be replaced.
“There is a possibility that abnormal wear at the contacts may occur after repeated use of the seat belt and residue may be deposited,” Gutierrez said.
This can affect the seat belt reminder system and the circuit may short and cannot be turned off even when the seat belt is correctly fastened, he noted.
Meanwhile, Rav4 units produced from June 6, 1997 to August 17, 1999 and officially sold in the Philippine market are included in the recall as the driver’s side airbag may not inflate properly to protect people in a crash.
Gutierrez said the airbag inflators of Rav4 do not contain phase stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) propellant.
” If an abnormal deployment of the driver airbag occurs, this could increase the risk of injury in the event of a crash,” Gutierrez said.
While the likelihood of it happening is uncertain, TMPC said it was submitting the report “out of an abundance of caution.”
Gutierrez said TMPC is preparing the replacement parts for the Prius and the Rav4.