Toyota recalls 1 million drivers amid safety concerns

Toyota has recalled over one million drivers across the Gulf amid severe safety fears.

In an urgently called press conference, the car giant said it found serious safety defects in over 900,000 Land Cruiser drivers and small numbers of motorists in RAV4, Fortuner and Innova cars.

“Tests found very severe defects in drivers across our entire SUV range. Until further notice, nobody should attempt a journey with a Land Cruiser driver,” a spokesman warned.

The Japanese motor company said defective drivers were causing the vehicles to travel at excessive speeds, fail to stop at traffic lights, have a heightened risk of crashing and over-deploy wasta in the case of severe accidents.

Car dealerships in the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Oman have begun contacting customers to have the drivers inspected and temporarily replaced by trained Filipino house drivers.

“It is the safer option until we get to the root of the problem,” the spokesman added.

According to Toyota, people may notice an abnormal shouting sound coming from defective drivers, along with a sudden acceleration to the bumper of other cars and the deployment of flashing headlights and honking horn.

“We apologise most sincerely for including these drivers in our SUVs,” said Toyota’s regional head, bowing his head in traditional Japanese apology. “It was an oversight on our part that must be urgently rectified.”

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9 Responses to Toyota recalls 1 million drivers amid safety concerns

  1. Michael Stephens (@MStephensGulf) April 10, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I will never stop loving this site…hahaha

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  2. Marsha Lah April 10, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Kudos to Toyota for taking the lead on this significant issue. One can only hope that other manufacturers such as Ferrari, Hyundai and Porsche will follow suit. I wonder where all the defective drivers will be stored? A special area at the airport, perhaps? Oh, sorry, shouldn’t have included Hyundai … they can’t go fast enough to be dangerous.

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  3. Omar April 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    How long is this going to take, are they going to compensate my company for the time I’m away and what exactly are they planning on, training or some wierd implant in my accelerator leg. I wish they’d tell us more as this is really inconvenient, I think I’ll just trade the Toyota in for a BMW before the recall

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  4. wazim al dulbuggir April 11, 2014 at 11:05 am

    When will Toyota take responsibility for the defective nuts behind the wheels of the Yarris (and the Mirage and the Tiida and all those bloody rolling chicanes)?

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    • John Q. April 14, 2014 at 7:28 am

      What’s wrong with five Yaris or Tildas (or S300s, pick up trucks, X5s or whatever other vehicles) occupying five lanes by going next to each other at speeds ranging from 98 to 102 km/h on a straight, fully lit, completely flat, five lane motorway with two hard shoulders? If one can travel from Dubai to Abu Dhabi 1.95 minutes faster using the second to left instead of the second to right lane – it’s their goddam right to do so!

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  5. Marsha Lah April 13, 2014 at 5:42 am

    Surely PanArabian journalists are not moonlighting at 24/7? The new traffic fines include ludicrous misdemeanours. I mean, how is one to prepare for the day ahead successfully without using the “dead” driving time for making up, getting dressed, eating breakfast, catching up on the news and sending emails? Really, whatever next? Fines for carrying children in the driver seat? Fines for carrying wild animals in the passenger section? http://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/uae-poised-for-major-traffic-law-changes-speeding-fines-modified-no-seat-belt-fines-in-absentia-2014-04-13-1.545307

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  6. Issac Hunt April 14, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Must be something to do with the temperature but its always the nut that holds the steering wheel thats causes the accident here!

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  7. Mohamed Al Amin May 11, 2014 at 7:09 am

    As a Land Cruiser defected driver, I would like to say “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”.. do not drive in the left lane, you do not know what a defected driver is up to

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  8. Sven Polter June 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    That is why the Land Cruiser is dubbed “Pride of the Land”!

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