Toyota vehicles with defects recalled in Tanzania

10:45, February 13, 2010      

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Toyota Tanzania Limited has announced a recall of motor vehicles sold locally, as the giant Japanese auto manufacturer continues to grapple with its global crisis of defects found in several of its popular makes, the local newspaper the Citizen reported on Friday.

The Tanzanian firm, which is the sole authorized Toyota dealer in the country, said it was recalling some of the cars it had sold locally to fix braking-related problems at its own expense, the report quoted a firm notice as saying on Thursday.

However, anxious Toyota car owners will be relieved to learn that only a few units of the affected model have so far been sold in Tanzania.

"The official update we have received from Toyota Motor Corporation to date is that seven units of the new Corolla saloons sold in 2008 and 2009 by Toyota Tanzania Ltd have been affected," the notice said.

The notice said the owners of the affected vehicles had been notified and the replacement parts are being dispatched by courier to Dar es Salaam.

"The special service repair required in respect of these affected vehicles will be performed at no cost to the customers," the notice further states.

However, the notice clarifies that no other new "4x4" and "4x2" right-hand drive Toyota vehicles supplied by Toyota Tanzania Ltd will be affected.

The concerned customers have been advised to contact the Toyota Tanzania sales and marketing department on Nyerere Road in Dar es Salaam for details.

Worldwide, Toyota, which is Japan's leading car manufacturer, has recalled more than 400,000 vehicles, following customers' complaints about defects in some models.

On Tuesday, Toyota president Akio Toyoda apologized to customers, as he announced the global recall of more than 400,000 of their 2010 hybrid models, including the popular Prius, over problems in their anti-lock braking systems.

Last week, the company admitted there was a problem with the software that controls the anti-lock braking system of the 2010 model, which had been identified and rectified in the cars that started to roll off of the assembly line in Japan last month.

Although, the car maker had fears over the nearly 37,000 cars already on the road in the United States, or the more than 200,000 units of the 2010 model, but its officials expressed confidence on Friday that a solution was "near."

Meanwhile, the total number of vehicles Toyota Motor Corporation has had to recall for accelerator pedal related problems, now stands at 8.1 million, including a total of 5.8 million vehicles recalled after it was found that the pedal sticks in the floor mats.

The total cost of the global recall is expected to be 2 billion U. S. dollars, including the loss of 100,000 vehicle sales in the United States and Europe, according to Toyota officials' estimate.

Source: Xinhua
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