Close on the heels of the news that Toyota USA has issued a recall for the Camry due to a possible defect in the front suspension, Toyota India has done the same. The company, in a statement, has announced that it will be recalling 119 units of the Camry in India.
The vehicles that come under the recall were manufactured between March and July 2011 in Japan and sold in India. This makes it a part of a global recall of 1.7 lakh Camry models by Japanese parent Toyota Motor Corp, the world's biggest car manufacturer.
Customers will be contacted by the authorised Toyota dealers and the vehicle repair, if necessary, will be done free of cost. "No complaints have been received in India so far. However, the company is conducting this recall as a part of the Voluntary Recall code," TKM said.
This is not a one-off case for India as in April, the company had recalled 44,989 units of the Innova, manufactured here, between February 2005 and December 2008 to rectify a faulty cable on the steering wheel.
It also has been following news of companies such as Audi recalling certain models of their cars for faulty airbag controls. The voluntary recall is considered to be part of the rules issued by the Indian auto industry body, SIAM, who started voluntary vehicle recalls for safety related issues in India since July 2012. Since then, over seven lakh vehicles have been recalled by various manufacturers including Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra, Ford, Honda, General Motors and Nissan.
The recall by Toyota Motor Corp is not confined to the Camry alone. The company is recalling a combined 361,800 vehicles globally, including the Camry sedan, covering three separate defects. Around 105,800 Hiace, Regius Ace and Dyna models, mainly in Japan, will be recalled to replace the fuel pipe. The third recall is for 86,000 Crown and Crown Majesta models, in Japan, to replace the outer seat belt assemblies.