million vehicles in one of the biggest recalls in automotive history
TOKYO Toyota Motor Corp, in its second largest recall announcement, said on Wednesday that it would call back 6.39 million vehicles globally after uncovering five different faults involving parts ranging from steering to seats.
The world’s biggest automaker said it was not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the glitches, which were found in 27 Toyota models including the RAV4 and Yaris subcompact.
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In Canada, Toyota said roughly 513,401 vehicles would be affected by the recall, including certain models of the Yaris, Scion xD, Corrolla, Matrix, Highlander, Tacoma, and RAV4.
The automaker did not say now much the recalls would cost, and it was not clear if the faults stemmed from Toyota’s suppliers or its manufacturing process.
The move by Toyota to announce five different recalls on a single day from Tokyo comes as major automakers face increasing scrutiny in the United States on how quickly they take preventive safety action and how quickly they share information with regulators and the public. government for withholding information related to unintended acceleration in its vehicles. That safety crisis had caused Toyota to recall more than 9 million vehicles. safety regulation, Toyota rival General Motors is under investigation for failing to act on a known ignition switch defect linked to a dozen deaths. The company has recalled 1.6 million vehicles over the issue.
In the largest of the recalls announced on Wednesday, Toyota said some 3.5 million vehicles were being recalled to replace a spiral cable that could be damaged when the steering wheel is rolex watches for sale turned. That could cause the air bag to fai rolex watches for sale l in the event of a crash, the automaker said.
In total, about 2.34 million of the vehicles to be reca rolex watches for sale lled were sold in North America. Another 810,000 were sold in Europe.
In the second largest of the Toyota recalls, some 2.32 million three door models made between January 2005 and August 2010 are being recalled to check for a fault in the seat rails that could cause the seat to slide forward in a crash, risking injury for the driver or passengers.
The other recalls are for faulty steering column brackets, windshield wiper motors and engine starters.
The recall announcement, which came during late afternoon Tokyo trade, knocked an additional 2% off Toyota’s already sagging shares.
They quickly pared the extra losses, however, and ended down 3% at 5,450 yen, reflecting an overall weak tone in the market where the benchmark Nikkei average fell 2.1%.
Toyota’s 6.39 million vehicle recall is the largest announced on a single day for the company since October 2012, when it called back 7.43 million Yaris, Corolla and other models to fix faulty power window switches.
In the first two months of 2014, major automakers had announced 18 separate recalls in the United States, now the second largest auto market behind China, according to the latest data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.