Wednesday, October 10 14:08:38
Toyota is recalling 36,000 Irish cars as part of a global re-call because of a faulty window switch that could potentially start fires.
The voluntary move is the biggest single recall since Ford pulled 8 million vehicles off the road in 1996 to replace defective ignition switches that could have caused engine fires.
Toyota has battled its way back from multiple difficulties since 2008, including a series of recalls involving more than 10 million of its vehicles in 2009-11, and crippled supply chains from last year's earthquake and tsunami in Japan and floods in Thailand. It posted its biggest quarterly operating profit in four years in April-June.
The firm regained its crown as the world's best-selling automaker in the first half year and expects to sell 9.76 million cars and light trucks globally this year, including the Daihatsu and Hino brands.
The Irish recall involves 9,232 Yaris, 10,357 Auris, 14,112 Corolla and 2,392 RAV 4 vehicles manufactured between September 2006 and December 2008.
A spokesman for Toyota Ireland said the firm was first informed of the recall last Friday by the car firm and is currently seeking the current details of owners from the Government's database before contacting motorists directly to arrange for vehicles to visit their nearest dealerships. It will involve a 60-minute procedure at the dealer.