Toyota Australia have recalled approximately 142,900 current generation Hilux vehicles built between April 2004 and December 2009 and 2,050 current generation Prado 150 vehicles built between September 2009 and June 2010.
The recall is due to the possibility that the spiral cable, which is part of the supplementary restraint system (SRS) located between the steering wheel and steering column, may become damaged when the steering wheel is repeatedly turned. If the spiral cable is damaged, the SRS airbag warning light will illuminate and the driver’s airbag may not deploy in the event of an accident, which may increase the risk of injury to the driver.
There have been no reports of any accidents or injuries as the result of this condition. This recall is a preventative measure only and it is not expected that all vehicles will experience this condition.
Drivers can continue to drive their vehicle, however if the SRS airbag warning light on their instrument panel illuminates they should contact a Toyota dealer to have their vehicle inspected.
The repair work for all vehicles will involve the replacement of the spiral cable assembly. In most cases, this will take approximately one hour to carry out and all repairs will be conducted free of charge to vehicle owners.