Toyota Recalls Millions of Cars for Numerous Problems

Japan Toyota Recall
Itsuo Inouye/AP

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor (TM) is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places.

No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the recalls announced Wednesday. But two reports of fires are linked 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.

Subaru is partly owned by Toyota, and the model was the same as the Toyota Ractis.

The Pontiac Vibe, which is a General Motors (GM) model, is also involved because Toyota and GM made cars at the same plant in California and the recalled model is the same as the Toyota Matrix. It was recalled for a problem with a spiral cable attached to an air-bag. It is unrelated to a separate GM recall over ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths.

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.

The recalls affect a large range of models, including the Corolla, RAV4, Matrix, Yaris, Highlander and Tacoma.

By region, the latest recall affects 2.3 million vehicles in North America, 1.09 million vehicles in Japan and 810,000 vehicles in Europe. Other regions affected by the recall include Africa, South America and the Middle East.

Toyota was embroiled in a massive recall crisis in the U.S. starting in late 2009 and continuing through 2010, covering a wide range of problems including faulty floor mats, sticky gas pedals and defective brakes. In response, it has become quicker to recall cars and

Last month, the Japanese automaker reached a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department to pay a $1.2 billion penalty for hiding information about defects in its cars. It earlier paid fines of more than $66 million for delays in reporting unintended acceleration problems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration never found defects in electronics or software in Toyota cars, which had been targeted as a possible cause.

The focus in the U.S. auto industry has recently shifted to another major recall problem, this time with defective ignitions in compact cars made by GM.

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The recall of Toyota covers five issues in there key car components. Around half of the problems are founded in automobiles in the North America where the failure of deployment of air bags leads to the event of crash. The models of this particular recall built from 2004 to 2010. In order to view more follow

April 10 2014 at 5:49 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Behind Bars sLOWRIDe

As a result of the investigation, it was determined that, due to the combination of the spiral
cable design and characteristics unique to the chassis components of the subject vehicles,
steering wheel "flutter" may cause friction between the Flexible Flat Cable (FFC) and the
retainer in the spiral cable assembly in the steering wheel. In FFC's with seven-channel
circuits, friction over time may result in damage to certain circuits on the flat cable that provide
connectivity to the driver's air bag module. This only occurs in assemblies with a 0.78mm
gap between the FFC cable and the retainer; assemblies with the larger gap do not create
friction that will damage the FFC. If connectivity is lost, the air bag warning lamp will
illuminate. In addition, the driver 's air bag may become deactivated, causing it to not deploy
in the event of a crash.

April 10 2014 at 3:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Behind Bars sLOWRIDe

Other Toyota models with the same or similar spiral cable assemblies are not affected, because
they do not have the same chassis characteristics that result in the problem described below. In
addition, spiral cable assemblies manufactured with a 2.88 mm gap between the Flexible Flat
Cable (FFC) and the retainer are not affected as described below.
Tacoma models equipped with spiral cable assemblies that use sixteen-channel circuits are also
not affected.

April 10 2014 at 3:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Behind Bars sLOWRIDe

April 10 2014 at 3:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
welcome butch


April 09 2014 at 8:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Never again. When I told the customer service guy at the dealership on the last re-call that there is no excuse for three recalls on the vehicle, the guy tells me I shouldn't be upset because they fix them for free. Gee I guess my time wasted on three visits to the dealership shouldn't matter? Then he tells me "How is Toyota supposed to handle safety issues other than re-calls?" I told him that they should try building a car that doesn't need so many safety re-calls. He was clearly irritated by that statement; so I'll just wait for my fourth re-call, and express my displeasure again to the dealership. Next time: anything but Toyota!

April 09 2014 at 7:51 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

open any hood of any new car and you will find parts made from another country so is really made in american i think not

April 09 2014 at 7:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Junkota lets go places like the dealership for our recalls!! Recallota still the most recalled cars 3 years in a row.

April 09 2014 at 7:08 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Toyota's rock, have owned 6 so far.. LOVE THEM.

April 09 2014 at 5:48 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

My last American made car was a '96 Ford Taurus wagon. I rebuilt it before it quit altogether. Even the rearview mirror fell off at one point. Since ditching the Ford I have had two Toyota Siennas. Perfect in every way. I would have bought another one this year except for the crappy interior design. Ended up with a Honda Odyssey with more bells and whistles and less cost. Love it.

April 09 2014 at 5:44 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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I've had over 20 cars of various manufacturers in my life, Ford was hands down the worst, BMW bad, GM was good, Toyota was and is the best.

April 09 2014 at 7:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply