Toyota to recall 200,000 cars in Taiwan on seal fault image

Toyota Motor’s Taiwan partner has decided to recall 200,000 cars of eight models, including the Camry and Yaris, to fix sealant fault, local media reported yesterday, citing company sources.

Hotai Motor, the Taiwanese distributor of Toyota Motor Corp, will offer fixing services free of charge to buyers of the vehicles locally made between April 1, 2006 and Nov. 18, 2008 by its affiliate Kuozui Motors, the company said in a statement on its website.

The Hotai statement said that sealant used on windows, doors, and engine hoods may harden and crack and water may seep into the vehicles, a fault which may result in rusting problems if left untreated for a long time.

The company has already sent the recall notice to owners of eight Toyota car models including Camry, Altis, Wish, Yaris, and Vios, and will spend NT$1 billion on the fixing, with a cost of NT$5,000 for each car.

This will be the largest recall of cars ever conducted by Toyota in Taiwan, designed to eradicate the public’s poor impression on Toyota cars, local media said.

Since late last year, Toyota Motor has recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide to repair two types of acceleration related defects.

Source: Gasgoo