2016 Scion FR-S
Toyota has issued a recall for the 2013 – 2016 Scion FR-S (soon to be the Toyota FR-S). According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles might suffer from a technical glitch that could allow them to roll away when owners think they’re parked.
Like other vehicles, the Scion FR-S is equipped with an interlock system that prevents drivers from removing the ignition key unless the vehicle is in “park”. However, that system is disabled when cars are transported by rail to prevent damage to the automatic transmission.
Unfortunately, some FR-S vehicles may not have had their systems re-connected before delivery to dealers. As a result, their ignition keys can be removed when the cars are in other gears, creating a risk of rollaway and/or crash.
Obviously, the recall is limited to vehicles that use ignition keys; those with push-to start buttons aren’t affected. Also, the recall is limited to cars manufactured between March 13, 2012 and January 14, 2016. Toyota estimates that 25,706 vehicles registered in the U.S. are affected by the recall.
Toyota expects to begin sending out recall notices by March 1, 2016. After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their vehicles to dealers, who will inspect the ignition key interlock wiring and correct it if necessary.
If you believe that you own one of these vehicles, you’re encouraged to contact Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331 and ask about recall G0E. You can also contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V075000.