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Recalls: TNL says no cause for alarm

By Theodore Opara

TOYOTA Nigeria Limited,  has said that there is no cause for alarm over the recent reported recalls by Toyota Corporation, Japan.

Mr.C. K. Thampy, Managing Director, Toyota Nigeria Limited who spoke to journalists at the on-going Abuja Motor Show said the recall would not affect the Nigerian market as no case has been reported so far.

“We have not even had any reported case and there is no cause for alarm as we are poised to rise to the challenge at Toyota Nigeria Limited,” he said.

According to Mr.Thampy, Toyota Motor Corporation believe, in constant improvement, hence they don’t sweep any issues under the carpet.

He explained that what triggered the recall was that Toyota discovered that a window switch in  certain models could go dry and could lead to fire outbreak, hence they decided to recall the models to rectify the problem which he described as a minor one.

At the moment, he said that TNL is waiting for Toyota Japan to give it the chassis number of such vehicles that were sold in Nigeria, so as to rectify the problem, adding that it will take only few minutes to handle the fault.

“We will look at the chassis numbers and publish the vehicles if found to be in Nigeria. It is a minor problem and we would apply a certain lubricant as the final solution,” he said.

He however, advised Nigerians not to panic over recalls as recalls are  regular occurrences in the automobile world, pointing out that there is no renowned automobile company that has never had recalls.

According to him, a lot of people in the non automobile world misunderstand recall as disaster but it is not. “It does not mean disaster. It means rectification of certain problem,” he stated.

The Toyota boss however noted that the company would attend to every Toyota vehicle found with such problem when the time comes.


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