Aftermarket Grill from Southeast Toyota May Interfere with Hood Latch
Body, Interior & Misc., October 6, 2008
RepairPal Expert Overview
Our Quick Take:
On some Scion models sold at Southeast Toyota, the optional grill installed may allow the hood to open unexpectedly if the hood release is accidentally pulled. If the hood opens while the vehicle is in motion, it could strike the roof or windshield and obstruct the driver's view, increasing the risk of a crash.
What Should You Do?
We at RepairPal have designated this a high priority recall; the hood may open unexpectedly if the hood release is accidentally pulled. Please contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
On some Scion models sold at Southeast Toyota, the optional grill installed may allow the hood to open while driving if the vehicle is driven with the hood unlatched. The plastic radiator grill garnish could release the secondary hood release. If the hood opens while the vehicle is in motion, it could strike the roof or windshield and obstruct the driver's view, increasing the risk of a crash. Southeast Toyota will inspect the sports grill and install additional clips to ensure the radiator grill garnish is secured. The recall began October 6, 2008.
Mfr's Report Date:
October 6, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
STRUCTURE:BODY:HOOD:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
Potential Number of Units Affected:
SOUTHEAST TOYOTA IS RECALLING 67 MY 2008-2009 SCION XB VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH THE SPORTS GRILL OPTION AND ALSO SEVERAL RADIATOR GRILLS SOLD AS PARTS. THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 113, "HOOD LATCH SYSTEM." IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT SHOULD THE PRIMARY HOOD LATCH BE RELEASED OR FAIL, THE PLASTIC UPPER RADIATOR GRILL GARNISH COULD RELEASE THE SECONDARY LATCH AND CAUSE THE HOOD TO OPEN.
DURING VEHICLE OPERATION, THIS COULD OBSTRUCT THE VIEW OF THE DRIVER POSSIBLY CAUSE THE HOOD TO STRIKE THE ROOF OR THE WINDSHIELD INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE SPORTS GRILL INSTALLATION AND INSTALL ADDITIONAL CLIPS TO ENSURE THE RADIATOR GRILL GARNISH IS PROPERLY SECURED. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 6, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SOUTHEAST TOYOTA AT 1-800-301-6859.
CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration