Toyota SA recalls over 700,000 cars across 10 models

Ivan Leon

Expert Member
May 27, 2008
Japanese carmaker Toyota’s South African unit recalled more than 700,000 vehicles because of an issue with safety bags used in the cars, an official at Toyota South Africa said.

“Toyota South Africa has initiated an immediate recall in excess of 700,000 vehicles across 10 models, including Lexus. This is part of an ongoing global campaign initiated by car manufacturers related to defective Takata safety bags,” the official said on Thursday.



Current Recall and Special Service Campaign

In line with Toyota’s global policy, Toyota SA Motors has initiated a recall campaign to replace Takata-produced front airbag inflators.

The reason for this is certain types of airbag inflators manufactured by Takata were found to have a potential for moisture intrusion over time.

Depending on the circumstances, this could create excessive internal pressure when the airbag is deployed and cause the inflator to rupture.

In the event of an inflator rupture, metal fragments could pass through the airbag cushion material, striking and possibly injuring the occupants in the event of an accident.

To date, no injuries or fatalities caused by this condition have been reported locally.

Affected owners will be notified by a Toyota dealer to bring their vehicle in for the service action. Please note that the replacement of the component will take one to two hours at no cost to the owner.

To check if your specific vehicle is affected by this recall campaign, please enter your VIN number into the form on the right side of this page.

Alternatively contact the Toyota Call Centre on 0800 139 111. Ensure you have your vehicle’s VIN number on hand (the VIN number is recorded on your licence disc).

Toyota has rededicated itself to strengthening its commitment to safety and quality. In part, that means refocusing on putting customers and people first, by taking appropriate action.


Ivan Leon

Expert Member
May 27, 2008
Toyota South Africa has provided more details on the models affected by a current recall campaign.

It was reported that Toyota SA had initiated a massive recall in the country this week – consisting of 700,000 vehicles – due to defective Takata safety bags.

Toyota stated that it was conducting a recall, but that the process commenced in July 2015.

“It affects some 730,000 locally-sold Toyota and Lexus models,” said Toyota.

The company told MyBroadband that the following models, within the specified production dates, are affected:

Corolla: 2002-2007

Run-X: 2002-2007

Corolla: 2007-2014

Auris: 2007-2012

Hilux: 2006-2014

Fortuner: 2006-2014

Avensis: 2003-2007

RAV4: 2003-2007

“Affected customers are contacted directly by Toyota SA as well as their dealers to bring their vehicles in for the repair which is conducted free of charge,” said Toyota.

Toyota SA has established a dedicated Takata Call Centre to locate affected customers, on 0800 139 111.

Toyota is also hosting a recall page on its website - - with more details.



Executive Member
Aug 2, 2004
Checked my Fortuner vin: Not affected. Not that it would have been much skin off my back to send it in for a day.


Honorary Master
Jul 5, 2009


From Wikipedia:
On May 4, 2016, the NHTSA announced recall campaigns of an additional estimated 35-40 million inflators, adding to the already 28.8 million inflators previously recalled.

As of December 9, 2016, car manufacturers affected by this recall include Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks North America, Daimler Vans USA LLC, Dodge/Ram, Ferrari, Fisker, Ford, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Scion, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, and Volkswagen.


Senior Member
Jul 11, 2006
Funny how my Yaris has a recall but it is not mentioned on this list... 2015 Model Yaris.


Honorary Master
Aug 9, 2009
Toyota values unlikely to be affected by recall - AutoTrader CEO

AutoTrader CEO George Mienie has explained that motorists don’t need to worry about the value of their Toyotas plummeting following news that Toyota SA Motors will recall an estimated 700 000 vehicles in this country.

This is not the first major recall by the company.

"In early 2010, certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles operating in the United States were found to have an issue with so-called ‘unintended acceleration’. The company recalled nearly 8 million vehicles. The impact on resale values was dramatic. In the United States, Toyota vehicles carried a price premium of 40% above their competitors prior to the recall. During the recall, this shrank to 20%. Ultimately it settled at 30%," Mienie recalls.

What about resale values?

He says the same won’t happen in South Africa now. "It’s true that a recall can affect resale values – but only if this is an isolated incident linked to one manufacturer," he explains. "However, in this case, most car manufacturers are being affected by the recall. So, this is unlikely to impact on Toyota residual values in South Africa."

All over the world, car producers have been recalling vehicles equipped with Takata-produced front airbag inflators.

"This is due to concerns that they may explode and spray metal fragments into the vehicle’s cabin. A total of 65 to 70 million airbags are affected. It is claimed that at least 20 people have died as a result. No injuries or fatalities have been reported in South Africa," explains Mienie.

Toyota customers can go to see if their cars are affected.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is responsible for setting and enforcing motor vehicle safety standards in the United States, has a comprehensive list of affected vehicles on its website.

"We would advise motorists to go to this website, check and see if their vehicle is affected and then call their dealer to discuss. Bear in mind that this is a list of vehicles sold in the United States, and so the South African model may not be affected," Mienie advises.