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Toyota New Zealand announced on 9 April 2014 that a number of Yaris vehicles are subject to a seat rail recall. Affected owners will be sent a notification letter. To view official Media Releases, please click here. Frequently Asked Questions can be seen below.
Q. Why have you recalled vehicles in New Zealand?
A. As a precautionary measure, a number of vehicles are subject to a recall to inspect driver’s seat rails and, if necessary, replace them with new rails.
Q. What do I need to do?
A. Toyota will send a notification letter to affected owners advising of the issue and asking them to make an appointment with their Authorised Toyota Dealer. We will provide the check and any required upgrade at Toyota dealerships nationwide for affected vehicles
Q. What models are affected?
A. Yaris vehicles produced between January 2005 and August 2010 are subject to this recall. This also affects imported Vitz, Ist, Belta and Ractis vehicles.
Q. How do I know if my vehicle is subject to this?
A. Toyota New Zealand will contact the current owners of the vehicles it has sold to advise them of the corrective actions required. In the interim, or if you have any concerns, you can contact an Authorised Toyota Dealer or our Customer Dialogue Centre to determine if your vehicle is affected using registration number.
Q. My car is a used import, if it is affected, is it covered?
A. Yes. Toyota New Zealand's safety recall policy is to support parts and labour costs of any new or used Toyota vehicle, irrespective of the importing channel.
Q. What exactly is a recall?
A. A vehicle safety recall is conducted by a vehicle manufacturer in the event of a component failure (or potential failure) that may prevent the driver from controlling the vehicle in a safe and proper manner. Examples of such components include brakes, steering, suspension, headlights and airbags.
Q. What is wrong with my vehicle?
A. In affected vehicles, there is potential for the springs used for the mechanism which locks the seat rail in its adjusting position to break. This can happen if the seat is adjusted often.
Q. What would occur if this was an issue for my vehicle?
A. If the seat rail breaks, the seat may not lock in the adjusted position. If the seat is not in a locked position and was to crash, it could increase the risk of injury.
Q. Have there been any serious incidents in New Zealand?
A. None. Toyota is proactively providing a required upgrade.
Q. How long will it take to repair?
A. Remedial action will take from 40 to 90 minutes, and will be at no cost to customers.
Q. How will my vehicle be fixed?
A. An Authorised Toyota Dealer will inspect the vehicle and undertake the upgrade.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. It’s free. If an inspection or repair is necessary, this is done at no cost to customers.