Toyota recalls thousands of 4x4s in the UAE

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A Toyota Fortuner at a service centre.

Dubai’s Al-Futtaim Motors announced it is recalling more than 4,000 Toyota Fortuner cars in the UAE for service checks after reports emerged that some models made between 2006 and 2008 developed problems with the rear propeller shaft.

“Following communication with Toyota Motor Corporation, we have begun a service campaign on 4109 units of 2006 – 2008 year model Fortuner vehicles,” Simon Frith, managing director of Al-Futtaim Motors, said in a statement.

“Toyota Motor Corporation has informed us that in some of these vehicles the rear propeller shaft installation will require inspection and may require minor adjustment to ensure optimal performance.

“In the interests of delivering the highest standards of Toyota product quality and customer care, we have begun contacting our customers directly for an appointment at our service centers,” it added.

Al-Futtaim Motors has asked any owners of Fortuner vehicles made between 2006 and 2008 to contact their nearest customer care team.

The fresh recall is part of the reputation-damaging series that began in the autumn of 2009. Toyota has since recalled millions of vehicles worldwide, mostly for defects related to unintended acceleration.

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