Toyota forced to recall popular vehicle over fire fears

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Toyota has been forced to recall a number of its popular Hilux range utes over fire fears.

Toyota Australia issued a recall on Friday for 683 Hilux Rogue (GUN126) vehicles in the May 2020 to October 2020 range.

“On involved vehicles, there is a possibility that the power harness could be in close contact with a battery clamp post,” Toyota said in a statement.

Toyota Hilux utes are pictured.
A number of Toyota Hilux Rogue utes have been recalled. Source: Toyota Australia, file

“As a result, vibration during vehicle use could cause the insulation on the harness to wear, potentially causing a short circuit and in the worst case, vehicle fire.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) also released a list of vehicle identification numbers of cars which may be affected.

“Toyota Australia will notify all owners of involved vehicles by SMS, email and/or mail to their last known address and phone number,” Toyota said.

“Owners are asked to keep their contact details up to date with Toyota to ensure communications can be received.”

Thousands of Kia cars recalled

Last week, more than 57,000 Kia owners were warned not to park inside by the brand amid fears some of its models could catch fire even when switched off.

Product Safety Australia issued a recall for two Kia models over problems with the Hydraulic Electronic Control Units.

The affected cars are the Kia QL Sportage model built between 2016 and 2021 and the Kia CK Stinger model built between 2017 and 2019.

The recall notice said the HECU, which controls the anti-lock braking, stability and traction control systems, could remain live.

A Kia car emblem is covered with raindrops.
Kia was forced to recall thousands of cars last week. Source: Getty Images, file

It said if moisture entered the unit, an electrical short circuit could occur.

"If an electrical short circuit occurs, this could result in an engine compartment fire when the key is switched off and the vehicle is parked," Product Safety Australia said.

Kia Australia is contacting all known owners of the cars who are urged to arrange for a free inspection and repair at their nearest dealer.

Until the vehicles have been repaired, the company recommends they not be parked near any flammable structures or in an enclosed area.

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