Toyota recalls over 6 million vehicles worldwide

The recall is for various problems affecting nearly 30 models

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 other places.
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.
The Pontiac Vibe, which is a General Motors Co. 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.
Subaru is partly owned by Toyota, and the model was the same as the Toyota Vitz.

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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.
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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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 04/09/2014 08:58 AM
    Why is these people don't make cars properly anymore? And I'm not talking just Toyota. Its the same with GM and Chrysler too. Haven't really heard anything from Ford yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was a recall in the not-to-distant future.
    1. Peter posted on 04/09/2014 09:47 AM
      @Karl Burgin I may become fashionable to have a recall. If you don't have a recall then you look like you're hiding something, and will lose customer confidence.

      I notice that the high tech features of the car seem to take focus away from basic fundamental features. Example, I can't get the horn to work when I need it, the windshield wiper rotor slips so no wipe happens, the door locks don't work, the windows get stuck in icy weather.

      Yes, I agree with Karl, It's about time Ford has a recall, why not.
      - Ford better have a recall otherwise everyone will start thinking they are dishonest.

    2. Karl Burgin posted on 04/09/2014 09:58 AM
      @Peter You're right when you think about it. All the high-tech gadgetry seems more important than the basic functions of what makes a car run.
      If it weren't for the drive-clean BS, I would go back to a mid-late 90's car in a heartbeat.
  2. Mark7 posted on 04/09/2014 03:27 PM
    One has to wonder if the parts were made in China
  3. Mark7 posted on 04/09/2014 07:38 PM
    Some people need to lighten up and not be so anal. Other than the FACT that Chinese made products are of inferior quality, can one not take a joke any more? I am English and Scottish and for example, if someone calls me a lime sucker I laugh. This is one of the main contributing factors in the violence nowadays. People are too sensitive and politically inept (correct).
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 04/10/2014 01:02 PM
      @Mark7 It seems as though someone took down your post, because they don't have a sense of humor. Too bad...

      It is funny how your little joke got admin to take down your post. But other individuals who troll around here are outright and disgustingly disgraceful- and yet their posts are allow to remain for days (or forever).
      It does make you wonder who's running the show.
    2. Mark7 posted on 04/10/2014 06:55 PM
      @Karl Burgin A leftie maybe? hmmm For me the post is still showing. Now that is peculiar.
    3. Mark7 posted on 04/10/2014 07:10 PM
      @Mark7 I apologize, again...didn't realize that many Mercedes and BMW's are made in China...Chinese components go into most cars nowadays.

      How could I be so stupid?
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