Toyota recalls small SUV due to fire hazard

Toyota has announced a recall of the C-HR SUV due to a fire hazard.

The brand says the fuel pump in the popular compact softroader can wear and break the welded area of ​​the pump, which can cause fuel to leak into the engine compartment.

The recall notice said the leak could cause an engine dashboard fire.

“A vehicle fire can increase the risk of injury or death to vehicle occupants, other road users, or bystanders,” the notice said.

More than 14,000 vehicles built between 2019 and 2023 are affected by the recall.

Toyota says the problem can cause the vehicle to smell fuel while driving.

The brand will contact affected owners in writing and ask them to make an appointment with their preferred Toyota dealer for inspection.

If necessary, the pump will be replaced free of charge.

Affected owners can contact Toyota on 1800 987 366 or by email at [email protected].

Toyota's website also has details on the vehicles involved.

The recall is the fourth in four months for Australia's best-selling brand.

In June, it recalled nearly 1,000 units of the new Corolla Cross compact SUV due to a problem with the car's electronic brake.

That same month, it recalled more than 7,500 Yaris hatchbacks due to potential cracks in the front suspension that could cause the suspension to collapse, leading to a sudden loss of steering control.

Earlier this month, it issued a warning for more than 600 Kluger large SUVs with a potentially faulty airbag wiring harness that could cause the airbags to fail to deploy.

The plethora of recalls is embarrassing for a brand that has built a reputation for quality, durability and reliability.

It's been a tough year for Australia's favorite carmaker, plagued by supply issues that have led to delivery wait times of more than two years for some popular models.

Last week, the manufacturer was forced to suspend orders for the Toyota Camry hybrid sedan due to “extraordinary demand.”

The company said in a statement: “While deliveries have improved substantially since May for most of Toyota's new vehicles, including the Camry Hybrid, the broad appeal of these fuel-efficient vehicles and high order levels have resulted in longer customer wait times. two years.”

Toyota vice president of sales and marketing Sean Henley said the suspension of the order demonstrates a commitment to transparency.

“I want to reassure all Toyota customers that we are doing everything we can to increase supply to Australia and expedite the delivery of vehicles as they arrive,” he said.

“Our global manufacturing teams have consistently taken countermeasures that have improved the supply of components affected by global shortages, such as semiconductors,” he said.

The supply shortage affected the company's sales results in the first nine months of this year.

Australians are expected to buy a record number of new cars this year as sales are up 11 per cent year-on-year. In contrast, Toyota sales fell by more than 12 percent.