Lebanon’s Toyotas not covered in recall

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2010 file photo, Toyota cars are lined up for service at a Toyota dealership in Lincolnwood, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

BEIRUT: The recall of 1.2 million Toyota cars internationally will not affect Lebanese customers, the local distributor of the Japanese vehicle told The Daily Star Thursday.

A source at Boustany United Machineries s.a.l. said the company had not been informed by Toyota of any affected car models.

“The production line, producing for Lebanon and few other countries, is small and delivers cars with country-specific specifications,” he said. “No recalls have been made by Toyota in Lebanon at any point of time before.”

Toyota Motor Corp said Wednesday it would recall nearly 1.3 million cars to fix airbags and windshield wipers.

Agence France Presse said airbags on two Toyota models were found to be susceptible to inadvertent deployment. This recall effects 907,000 cars, mostly Corolla models sold in the United States.

The problem wipers, which can get stuck if there is heavy snowfall, affect three kinds of Lexus IS models, manufactured from May 2005 to October 2011.

AFP is reporting that the recall affects the Lexus IS sold in the Middle East, along with North America, Europe and China.

The latest recall is the third since October that involves more than 1 million cars. It comes as the company aims to recover from a series of recalls between 2009 and 2011.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on February 01, 2013, on page 5.




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