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Old 01-29-2009, 12:24 AM   #1
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Toyota Recalls 1.35 Million Toyota Yaris Worldwide (58,400 in Canada)

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Toyota to recall more than 1.35 million cars worldwide
Reuters - Chang-Ran Kim
TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday it would recall more than 1.35 million Vitz and two other models globally to fix a defect in the seatbelt, a component in the exhaust system or both.

Subject to the recall in Japan are 525,898 Vitz, Belta and Ractis cars built from January 2005 to April 2008, Toyota said in a filing with the transport ministry.

It will also recall a combined 830,000 units of the Vitz subcompact, called Yaris in many markets, and Belta exported to Europe, North America and other markets, a spokeswoman said.

One case of fire was reported in Japan due to the faulty seatbelt design, which could cause a noise-absorber device to melt when the seatbelt tensioner is activated in a collision, Toyota said.

No accident was reported in Japan from the defective exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) pipe, which could crack in the worst-case scenario and cause exhaust gases that fail to clear emissions standards to leak.

Toyota declined to disclose the estimated cost of the recalls.

Its shares ended flat at 2,980 yen compared with a 1.0 percent rise in the transport equipment subindex.

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Toyota Yaris recalled for seatbelt defect
Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2009
TORONTO - Toyota Canada issued a recall Wednesday for 58,400 of its Yaris subcompact cars due to a potential seatbelt defect.

The recall is part of an international effort involving 1.3 million of the small cars from the 2006 and 2007 model years, which were manufactured in Japan.

Toyota Canada Yaris recall is part of an international effort involving 1.3 million of the small cars from the 2006 and 2007 model years, which were manufactured in Japan.

In cases of a severe front-end collision, some of the car's sound-insulating foam was found to ignite due to a chemical released by seatbelt pretensioners, the device that tightens the belt in case of collision.

The pretensioners are only operated in extreme crashes, said Brian Lyons, a Toyota spokesman, and there have been no cases of the foam catching fire among the public in either the U.S. or Canada.

Dawn Soulis, a spokeswoman for Toyota Canada, said the auto giant will send letters to Yaris owners in early March, informing them of the defect.

She added that any Yaris owner can take their car to their dealership to have the problem taken care of.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:28 AM   #2
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Who ever's a tech at Toyota will be quite happy. YAY for warranty/recall work.
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Wow, Toyota really screwed up on this one.
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lol, that's a lot of money for Toyota at this time.
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I'm going to call on monday, try to get mine done before the masses start rolling in.
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Old 01-31-2009, 11:58 PM   #7
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I'm going to call on monday, try to get mine done before the masses start rolling in.
Yeah, that's probably a good idea... I'm going to try and get it done this week too, since I have some free time right now.
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