Japanese automaking giant Toyota has recalled around 6.4 million vehicles all over the world due to five different defects detected. Although there have been no reports of crashes or injuries resulting from the malfunctions, the company wants to immediately address the defects to prevent any serious problem arising from the five defects.
The biggest recall concerns the spiral cable that may possibly be damaged when the steering wheel turns. This cable can also cause the warning lamp to light up and to deactivate the safety air bags. This recall involves around 3.5 million vehicles, 1.3 of them in the United States alone and affects the he 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Tacoma, 2006-2008 RAV4 and 2006-2010 Yaris models. Another recall involves the springs in the seat rails which have a danger of breaking particularly when seats are always adjusted. The seats may not properly lock and in the event of a crash, it may move and cause serious injury. The third one is for European and Asian models where the steering column brackets become unstable when maximum force is used for the steering wheel. The other two recalls are for the models sold in Asia, concerning windshield-wiper motors and starter motors in danger of catching fire.
The massive recall comes at a time when automakers are being pressured by US regulators to immediately report possible safety problems and inform the public about it as soon as possible. The US Congress has made an example of General Motors, which is now under investigation for their slow recall of around 2.6 million cars that had faulty ignition switches and is currently linked to 13 deaths. Toyota has also paid a $1.2 billion fine to settle the probe into whether they misled the public regarding the sudden acceleration of around 10 million vehicles. They also settled around $1.6 billion in several lawsuits concerning this defect.
[ via Washington Post ]