TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Isuzu Motors Ltd. said Tuesday it is recalling 36,823 Forward midsize trucks due to possible coolant fluid leaks that could result in dashboard fires at the front passenger seats.
In a report filed with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the Japanese truck and bus maker said it is recalling the trucks manufactured from April 1993 to July 2007.
There have been seven fires involving the model since September 2010 but no injuries have been reported. In May 2012, a Forward truck was destroyed by fire in Kawagoe in Saitama Prefecture, north of Tokyo.
According to the ministry, engine coolant could leak from heaters in the dashboards and enter control units, resulting in short circuits that could trigger fires.
The problem occurs when users do not replace the coolant periodically and the liquid leaks as a result of rust and cracks in pipes. Isuzu said it will take preventive measures such as placing waterproof covers on circuit boards.