Urgent recall: Toyota LandCruiser in the hot seat over combustion fears

Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series recalled due to exhaust pipe heatshield.

Toyota Australia has issued an urgent recall for 22,971 LandCruiser 70 Series vehicles due to an increased fire risk. 

The recall was instituted after it was discovered that vegetation may accumulate around the vehicle’s underbody and exhaust system, and possibly catch fire.

The recall issue affects 22,971 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series vehicles produced between 13 June 2016 and 5 November 2018. 

RACQ Principal Technical Research John Ewing said it was not the first time a fault of this kind had been identified in vehicles across Australia.

“We’ve seen recalls like this in the past,” Mr Ewing said. 

“Ford previously (2017) had to issue a similar recall for its Ranger model.”

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Mr Ewing said anybody with a 70 Series LandCruiser should act quickly as the fault had the potential to injure, cause vegetation fires and damage property or vehicles.

“If you own one of these vehicles get it into your local Toyota dealer immediately and they will inspect it and perform the necessary work required to resolve it,” he said. 

“These cars have been one of Toyota’s top-selling vehicles in Australia. There are quite a lot of the 70 Series LandCruiser’s out there and it covers all the variants. 

“The vehicles are also ones that do a reasonable amount of off-road work, so they are in that prime area of concern.”

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Mr Ewing said it was “absolutely vital” people got the work done as soon as possible.

“It’s like any safety recall, they should never be ignored and always attended to as a matter of priority,” Mr Ewing said. 

“Bottom line is, it costs manufacturers a lot of money to institute a safety recall, so there’s a good reason for doing it. They consider there is an issue that needs urgent rectification to maintain vehicle safety.”

Toyota said it would fix the issue by replacing the exhaust pipe heat shielding with a modified design. 

Additionally, Toyota will enable a manual DPF regeneration mode, allowing owners to do a DPF in a safe location. 

It’s understood the recall will take about three hours on each vehicle and Toyota Australia will be contacting owners of affected vehicles via SMS, email or post. 

Vehicle identification numbers of the LandCruiser’s included in the recall can be found below

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