Toyota Motor Philippines has ordered the recall of over 15,000 units of the 2017 Toyota Wigo models that were manufactured between April 5, 2017, to December 15, 2017.
The root of the issue lies with the engine wire no. 6 and its protection tube stiffness where it is too rigid and has the possibility to bend over time because of vibrations caused by the engine. Because of the vibrations combined with the wire's rigidity, Toyota Motor Philippines said that there's a risk that the wire could end up being cut, resulting in an engine power decrease and the user getting a warning sign indicator on their dashboard.
While users are not at any immediate risk, Toyota Motor Philippines has taken initiative and offered to replace the affected Wigo users' engine wire no. 6 for free. The Philippine government, particularly the Department of Trade and Industry, has been notified by Toyota and is monitoring this issue for developments.
Toyota initially launched the Wigo in 2014 and sold 40,000 units, and refreshed the model in 2017, retaining the same features but getting a new set of rims and a fresh coat of paint. The Wigo is aimed at first-time car owners. It is powered by a 1-liter, 3-cylinder VVT-i engine, and is designed to give users a smooth ride despite its affordable price tag.
The Wigo is engineered for city driving and can easily get around thanks to its compact form factor. Toyota's expertise in developing capable engines come into play, eliminating the usual city car weakness of being unable to accelerate or gain decent enough speed in the open road.
Toyota Motor Philippines is reaching out to the affected users, and if you are affected by this recall or want to find out if your Wigo is at risk for this issue, you may proceed to your nearest Toyota dealership to get more details.