The carmaker has identified a weakness with the device’s manual shifting valve, which is supposed to respond to the commands of the driver via the in-car gear lever.
This weakness means the vehicle will not always engage the chosen gear when commanded by the driver. For example, the driver may select ‘Drive’ in the P-R-N-D-2-L shift pattern but the valve selects ‘Neutral’.
Drivers attempting to move vehicle in a forwards or reverse direction who believe the vehicle is ‘in gear’, only to learn that it isn’t operating in the gear chosen by them, may be put at risk along with the van’s other occupants and other road users.
Likewise, a van that becomes immovable because the driver cannot shift the transmission from ‘Park’ or ‘Neutral’ could also pose a hazard.
Toyota says no incidents arising from this issue have been reported in Australia.
Around 12,000 HiAces are on the recall list, built between December 2009 and March 2012.
The recall will see the offending manual value replaced at no cost to owners, with the process taking approximately four hours.
Toyota will attempt to contact affected owners once the necessary parts become available, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer or phone Toyota Australia on 1800 987 366.