• Apr 5, 2006

Toyota of Japan is calling over 73,000 minivans and 3,000 ambulances back to its dealerships to rectify a brake problem. The recall, which covers some nine different models stems from potentially defective front propeller shafts (inadequate heatproofing) to brake booster issues.

The minivan recall affects the Granvia, Grand Hiace and Hiace Regius assembled between last September and October. 

[Source: Mainichi Daily News via the Associated Press]

 



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      • 8 Years Ago
      I read the entire thing, didn't see ANYTHING about cover-ups. Who's imagining this part, and why do you think you need to make stuff up?

      The only reason I can see to put this on autoblog (since not one of this type of vehicle was sold outside Japan or a few world-markets) is to put "Toyota" and "recall" in the same headline.

      Not that Toyota are perfect, but, come on guys.
      • 8 Years Ago
      they should recall the hiace's in south africa where the cab drivers use cotton balls as brakes, im sure that brakes a few laws somewhere!
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's a mini van!?!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Paul? Are you around?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Tell me why we should care about this?
      far jr
      • 8 Years Ago
      If this vehicle chassis isn't used in the US, this article is irrelevant on Autoblog USA. GM is well known for brake problems, recalled or not.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #8, No, it's not a minivan, that's just what the Americentric folk say because they don't realize it's a large van by standards pretty much everywhere else on the globe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Hiace is a pimp looking Japanese van, looks like an XB on steriods.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ha!
      Take that, Mr. Perfecto Toyota-man!

      Toyota owns more than half the Japanese market, so as a former (let's hope) media whipping boy I always like to see goliath brought down to size.

      On the other hand, every manufacturer has recalls. Period. As long as you step up and clean up your mess, I don't think there's that much else a customer can ask. Besides, of course, that there be less mistakes in the first place.

      //The Toyota Camry has no soul
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota has lots of recalls and the press turns a blind eye. Toyota makes the most overated automobiles on the market. Honda'a are much better cars and so are the new GM and Ford products.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ouch! That gives Toyota 3 of the 8 articles about Recalls on this website. Hate to read they tried to cover it up, too. But, now they're doing the right thing and should be applauded for stepping up to the plate!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oh, Paul!!! Oh Paul!!!

      What is that you were saying about Japanese engineers earlier in the day?

      And how about that fast service? Only covers from September 1995 and October 2005

      Thought Toyota never had recalls?
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