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Toyota recalling 6.4 million vehicles worldwide

By CBS/AP 11:21 AM April 9, 2014
TOKYO –

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and elsewhere.

It’s the automaker’s second largest recall ever, the Reuters news agency notes.

No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the recalls announced Wednesday. But two fires have been reported related to one of the problems, a defective engine starter that can keep the motor running.

Some vehicles were recalled for more than one problem. The recall cases total 6.76 million vehicles for 27 Toyota models, the Pontiac Vibe and the Subaru Trezia, produced from April 2004 through August 2013.

For the recall, Toyota also reported problems with seat rails, the bracket holding the steering column in place, the windshield-wiper motor and a cable attached to the air-bag module. According to Reuters, Toyota said that cable could be damaged when the steering wheel is turned, and that could result in the airbag not activating after a crash. Toyota said some 3.5 million vehicles were involved.

It wasn’t clear whether the issues stemmed from Toyota’s suppliers or manufacturing process, Reuters added.

The news agency observes that, “Large scale recalls have become more common in recent years as automakers move to fix defects quickly after Toyota was forced to recall more than 9 million vehicles to address sticky accelerators linked to fatal accidents.”

“That recall, which forced Toyota President Akio Toyoda to testify in U.S. Congress, weighed heavily on the company’s sales and reputation, culminating in a record $1.2 billion settlement agreed only last month, with more private lawsuits still pending.”

Cars Affected by Spiral Cable Issue:

Outside Japan: Certain RAV4, Corolla, Matrix, Yaris, Yaris Sedan, Highlander, Tacoma, Reiz, Hilux, Fortuner, Innova, Land Cruiser Prado, and Camrys assembled in Australia are involved. Also, certain General Motors’ Pontiac Vibe vehicles are involved. All vehicles were produced from April 2004 through December 2010

Cars Affected by Seat Rails Issue:

Outside Japan: Certain Scion xD, Urban Cruiser, Yaris and Yaris sedan vehicles are involved. All vehicles were produced from January 2005 through August 2010

Cars Affected by Steering Column Bracket Issue:

Outside Japan: Certain Toyota Ist, Ractis, and Yaris models. All vehicles were produced from September 2005 through February 2009

Cars Affected by Engine Starter Issue:

Outside Japan: Certain: Porte, Spade, Corolla Axio, Corolla Fielder, Auris, Ractis and Trezia (Subaru). All vehicles were produced from March 2012 through August 2013.© 2014 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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