Toyota is to recall more than 12,000 Hilux pick-up models built between June 2004 and December 2010 due to a fault that could deactivate the driver’s airbag.

The action is part of a wider recall affecting a total of 35,124 UK-registered vehicles.

Toyota said there had been no reports of any accidents, injuries or fatalities related to the recall issues.

The possible fault with the Hilux affects the spiral cable assembly in the airbag module. Toyota said that due to the shape and location of a retainer for the Flexible Flat Cable in the airbag unit there may be a risk when the steering wheel is turned of damage to circuits that connect to the airbag.

If connectivity is lost the airbag warning light will illuminate on the instrument panel and the driver’s airbag may be deactivated.

Toyota is recalling the vehicles to its dealerships to fit an improved spiral cable free of charge – a procedure it said would take about an hour.

The Hilux is the biggest selling pick-up in the UK. It retained its leadership of the sector in 2013 with sales of 7596 models, up 1.8% on the previous year.