TOKYO Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles worldwide -- about 2.34 million in the U.S. -- in actions for five different defects.
None of the various defects affecting 27 Toyota models and the Toyota-built Pontiac Vibe and Subaru Trezia in various markets is linked with crashes or deaths, the Associated Press reports, but Toyota is aware of two fires linked to a defective starter..
Some vehicles were recalled for more than one problem and the models' production spans April 2004 through August 2013.
Toyota models affected by one or more of the defects include: RAV4, Corolla, Matrix/ Vibe, Trezia/Viz, Yaris, Highlander, Tacoma and Hilux pickups, Reiz, Fortuner, Innova, Land Cruiser Prado and Camry nameplates. Vibe is a rebadged Toyota Matrix and the Trezia is a Toyota Viz.
Toyota said it was simply how the engineering probes evolved that resulted in the recalls coming together at the same time. The recalls follow Toyota's settling for $1.2 billion last month a U.S. criminal into concealing information from safety regulators about defects that led to its massive sudden acceleration recalls in 2009 and 2010 that were linked with five deaths.
After those recall, Toyota head Akio Toyoda vowed to reform the company's quality control and recall reporting processes.
The problems (with number of vehicles worldwide) that led to the latest batch of recalls, according to trade journal Automotive News from Tokyo:
- Cables for the driver air bag module that can be damaged, disabling the bag, though a warning light will come on (3.5 million vehicles, 1.67 million in the U.S.).
- Seats that don't lock in place (2.32 million, 670,000 in North America)
- Steering column brackets that may become loose or fail (760,000, Europe and Asia only)
- Windshield wiper motor (160,000, Asia only)
- Starter motor fire hazard (20,000, Asia only)