Hilux, Corolla and NX caught up in recall

Several thousand Hilux utes, plus hundreds of Corollas and a more modest count of a Lexus crossover are in the crosshairs of a national recall action. 


MORE than 3000 Toyota and Lexus models sold new here have been drawn into a recall due to a possible concern with the air bag sensor.

Toyota New Zealand initially announced that impacted models include the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Hilux, and Lexus NX 200t were affected, but since added that some Prius and Lexus RX350h editions are also affected, a total of 3532 vehicles. All are manufactured in the second half of 2015 and were sold new in New Zealand. 

The recall outlined by the Palmerston North-headquartered brand is due to the possibility that the insulation layers around the pressure sensor may peel over time, causing the airbag warning light to illuminate. This can also lead to the curtain shield (side) and front airbags becoming deactivated.

The remedy will be completed free of charge by Toyota and Lexus dealerships and will depend on inspection of the vehicle for time of repair, a spokesman says.

Owners of the vehicles, which are traceable through registration data, will be contacted by Toyota New Zealand through a remedy owner letter.