Toyota recall 20,000 popular cars after exhaust glitch could cause models to ‘combust’

Toyota recall 20,000 popular cars after exhaust glitch could cause models to ‘combust’

Toyota says the issues stem from the diesel particulate filter (DPF) which could become clogged when driving in heavy vegetation such as grass. If the vegetation is not removed from the exhaust it could catch fire due to the high temperatures experienced during the DPF regeneration process. 

A total of 22,971 Toyota Land Cruiser 70 models produced between 2016 and 2018 are affected by the glitch. 

Models built after November 2018 are not affected at all because of a production change which saw a modified heatshield introduced. 

Toyota says it will fix models which could be affected by installing this new modified heat shield. 

Alongside this, Toyota will also introduce a manual diesel particulate filter regeneration mode which will allow owners to burn off excess emissions away from vegetation. 

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A new information label informing owners of how the DPF filter works will also be fitted inside the car. 

A statement from Toyota on the recall said: “The DPF system has increased the importance of avoiding the accumulation of vegetation in the underbody when operating the vehicle in off-road and extremely dry vegetation environments. 

“When driving in dry vegetation environments, there is the potential for grasses and seeds to accumulate around the underbody and exhaust system of these vehicles.

“If the accumulated vegetation is not removed in accordance with maintenance instructions in the Owner Manual and warning label on the driver’s door panel, and operation of the vehicle is continued, the accumulated vegetation may combust due to the high temperature during regeneration.”

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The Japanese manufacturer said other Toyota models were not included in the recall because the design of the DPF was different. 

They said the filters and the underbody structure of various models differed to those on the LandCruiser 70 and therefore required other models were not affected by the glitch. 

The firm has said the upgrades will usually take three hours to fix in each vehicle but warned some repairs may take longer.

The upgrades will be provided free of charge to affected road users at Toyota dealerships as soon as parts are available. 

Toyota said they are in the process of contacting affected owners by text message, email or post. 

The recall only appears to affect models sold in Australia and there are no known issues or any vehicles sold in the UK. 

Speaking to, a spokesman confirmed the model affected was not available in the UK or European markets. 

Concerned motorists can find out whether their car is affected by contacting their nearest Toyota dealer or contacting the Toyota Recall Campaign Helpline. 

Motorists will need to provide their vehicle’s identification number (VIN) which is printed inside the vehicle. 

Toyota said motorists should be “reassured” dealers would be able to prioritise customers well-being during the coronavirus pandemic. 

They said dealerships have implemented intense cleaning and social distancing measures to address concerns motorists could put themselves at risk by taking their car in for repairs. 

The recall is not the first fire risk posed to cars in Australia this month after Hyundai issued a recall on almost 100,000 models. 

The South Korean manufacturer recalls thousands of their i30 hatchback models, Elantra sedans and Santa Fe SUV vehicles after fears with an electronic circuit board. 

This electric part located in the anti-lock brake system is at risk of short circuiting when exposed to moisture. 

Published at Tue, 12 May 2020 12:55:00 +0000