Toyota has asked owners of the new-shaped Tazz to take their vehicles for an inspection of the rear screen after cases of the window shattering when the demister was used for long periods.

Toyota has asked owners of the new-shaped Tazz to take their vehicles for an inspection of the rear screen after cases of the window shattering when the demister was used for long periods.

It affects 30 000 vehicles sold between October 2000 and March 2002. “But all owners of the new Tazz should have the screen checked,” said Toyota spokesman Roger Houghton.

The manufacturer said the first case was reported to Toyota in October 2001. “Subsequently the cause was found to be a lack of clearance between the glass and a finishing strip on the tailgate.

“This may result in localised heat build-up after the demister has been used continuously for 15 minutes or more and could result in the glass fracturing. Rectification in manufacture took place in March 2002 and no failures have been reported on cars built after that date,” the company said.

Toyota said the inspection and possible work by the dealer should not take longer than 15 minutes and would be carried out free. All affected cars are covered by a three-year/100 000 km warranty. In the event of a breakage outside the warranty period customers have been asked to notify a Toyota dealer.

Houghton said it was a case of simply bending the metal to increase the clearance and would not be a significant cost to Toyota.

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