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Dealership To Contact Car Owners On Defects

In a press release yesterday car dealership Asco Motors said certain Toyota car owners would be contacted concerning part defects that needed to be replaced when those parts became available.
16 Jul 2016 12:57
Dealership To Contact Car Owners On Defects
Prius PHV.

In a press release yesterday car dealership Asco Motors said certain Toyota car owners would be contacted concerning part defects that needed to be replaced when those parts became available.

“For vehicles sold out of the Asco Motors network, we are fully aware of the affected vehicles and will be in contact with these customers in due course,” the press release said.

“Once parts become available Asco Motors will contact affected vehicle owners to advise them to make an appointment and bring in their vehicles.”

“Asco Motors are liaising with the relevant local authorities to identify the details of these vehicles which may be affected.

The two parts in question are the (i) the Fuel Suction Plate/Charcoal Canister presented in certain Toyota Corolla / Auris, Prius, Prius PHV, SAI and Lexus CT200h, HS 205h models; and (ii) Curtain Shield Airbag in Toyota Prius, Prius PHV and Lexus CT200h models manufactured between 2008 and 2015.

The subject vehicles are equipped with a fuel evaporative emission control unit (canister) assembled to the fuel tank.

There is a possibility that a crack could develop on the edge of the resin channel for the emission gas flow due to an improper shape of the channel edge at that location. In this condition, the crack could expand over time, and eventually fuel may leak from the crack when the vehicle has a full tank of fuel.

Fuel or fuel vapour in the presence of an ignition source could increase the risk of a vehicle fire.

The subject vehicles are equipped with curtain shield air bags located in the left and right side roof rails. Each curtain shield air bag uses a “hybrid” type inflator which contains compressed gas in one chamber of the inflator and propellant in another; these chambers are welded together.

Some inflators could have a minute crack in the weld area.

If the crack propagates over time, the welded portion could separate.

This has been observed when the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time.

If an inflator separates, compressed gas escapes, which results in partial inflation of the curtain shield air bag, and, in limited circumstances, one or both sections of the inflator could enter the interior of the vehicle.

If an occupant is present in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj


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