Toyota Vietnam admits more faulty cars

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Toyota Vietnam has said the number of faulty cars on the domestic market could be higher than its earlier estimate of 8,830 cars.

The final number of Innova cars to be recalled can be "much higher" because the previous estimate was not based on updated figures, Toyota Vietnam Deputy General Director Dang Phan Thu Huong said.

Last Thursday, Toyota announced a voluntary recall of vehicles to solve technical problems it had admitted to in 8,830 Innova models. The carmaker had said some 200 cars released to the market had over-responsive braking systems while other faulty cars had improperly mounted bolts and seats.

It will take up to two weeks to launch a recall, Huong said, explaining that the company needs to inform all affected customers and equip its repair shops.

Also, Toyota Vietnam has offered to provide free repair services to front upper arm bolts on 278 Camry cars manufactured between January 28 and March 23. Some of the bolts might have been tightened more than required, it said.

The company, in an expected move, also said it will recall hundreds of Fortuner cars to repair their camber bolts.

Previously, both Fortuner and Innova models came up in safety allegations made by engineer Le Van Tach, who helped expose the case.

The engineer revealed that Toyota Vietnam had sold almost 60,000 flawed vehicles in the country.

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