Following two recalls in the initial month of 2024 that impacted local units of Avanza, Veloz, and Raize, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is now confronting a more extensive controversy involving certification problems affecting three diesel engines in various critical Toyota models sold in the region. In a statement released by TMC today, it was disclosed that an investigation committee unearthed irregularities in the engine horsepower output testing process. The investigation revealed the utilization of an incorrect Electronic Control Unit (ECU) with distinct software, employed to present smoother and less varied results.
The impacted models are equipped with the 1GD engine present in Land Cruiser Prado, Hilux, Hiace, and Fortuner (available in Asia, Middle East, Europe, and Africa); the 2GD engine of Hilux (available in Japan) and Innova (available in Asia); and the F33A engine of Land Cruiser 300 (available in Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa) and LX500d (available in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East).
In response to the findings, Toyota Motor Corporation has halted the shipment of the affected models. Attempts to obtain a statement from Toyota Motor Philippines have been unsuccessful at the moment.
Regrettably, the impact extends beyond new units, affecting models sold as far back as 2017 (Hiace), 2020 (Land Cruiser Prado, Hilux, Fortuner, Innova), 2021 (Land Cruiser 300), and 2022 (LX500d). TMC, however, reassures owners that the affected engines and vehicles meet the engine performance output standards, implying no need to discontinue the use of affected engines or vehicles.
Nevertheless, for prospective buyers of new cars, this issue may result in extended waiting periods. TMC expressed deep apologies to affected customers and stakeholders for the inconvenience caused. This incident poses a significant setback for Toyota, especially after its Daihatsu subsidiary faced closure by authorities a few months prior due to similar certification irregularities. Ongoing monitoring of the situation will be maintained, with updates provided on the latest developments from Toyota.