November 7, 2016 2:26 pm

More than 1000 Prius models in Fiji affected by Toyota safety campaign

The authorised Toyota distributor in Fiji, Asco Motors,  today released details of certain Toyota models that could be affected by Toyota’s global Special Service Campaigns. According to a company statement, there were two Campaigns currently underway: Fuel Suction Plate/Charcoal Canister Toyota Corolla / Auris, Prius PHV, SAI and Lexus CT200h/HS205h Curtain Shield Airbag Toyota Prius, Prius PHV, […]

The authorised Toyota distributor in Fiji, Asco Motors,  today released details of certain Toyota models that could be affected by Toyota’s global Special Service Campaigns.

According to a company statement, there were two Campaigns currently underway:

Fuel Suction Plate/Charcoal Canister
Toyota Corolla / Auris, Prius PHV, SAI and Lexus CT200h/HS205h

Curtain Shield Airbag
Toyota Prius, Prius PHV, Lexus CT200h manufactured between 2008 and 2015.

The company noted that not all vehicles in the above range were affected.

ASCO MOTORS: “After working closely with the LTA we are now aware that there are in excess of 1000 Prius models, manufactured between 2008 to 2015 that may be impacted.”

Asco Motors said the supply of parts in the region had been “limited”, but assured the public that they would contact the affected customers once parts become available.

Charcoal Canister – Description of defect:

The subject vehicles are equipped with a fuel evaporative emission control unit (canister) assembled to the fuel tank. There is a possibility that a crack could develop on the edge of the resin channel for the emission gas flow due to an improper shape of the channel edge at that location. In this condition, the crack could expand over time, and eventually, fuel may leak from the crack when the vehicle has a full tank of fuel. Fuel or fuel vapour in the presence of an ignition source could increase the risk of a vehicle fire.

Curtain Airbag – Description of defect:

The subject vehicles are equipped with curtain shield airbags located in the left and right side roof rails. Each curtain shield airbag uses a “hybrid” type inflator which contains compressed gas in one chamber of the inflator and propellant in another; these chambers are welded together. Some inflators could have a minute crack in the weld area. If the crack propagates over time, the welded portion could separate. This has been observed when the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time. If an inflator separates, compressed gas escapes, which results in partial inflation of the curtain shield air bag, and, in limited circumstances, one or both sections of the inflator could enter the interior of the vehicle. If an occupant is present in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury.