Toyota Motor Corp. has issued five different recalls covering a total of 6.39 million vehicles around the world due to five different defects involving spiral cables, seat rails, steering column brackets, windshield wiper motors and engine starters. Toyota said it was not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the defects.
The faulty parts were found in 27 Toyota models including the RAV4 and Yaris subcompact. The defects were also found in the Pontiac Vibe and the Subaru Trezia, which Toyota built for General Motors and Fuji Heavy Industries.
The recalls come as General Motors is under fire in the United States for its long-delayed decision to take preventive safety action over faulty ignition switches and for its failure to quickly share information with regulators and the public.
The company has recalled 1.6 million vehicles over the defect. Toyota agreed in March to pay $1.2 billion to the US government for withholding information related to unintended acceleration in its vehicles, which has compelled the Japanese carmaker to recall more than 9 million vehicles.
In the largest of the five announced recalls, Toyota disclosed that around 3.5 million vehicles were being recalled to replace a spiral cable that may take damage when the steering wheel is turned, causing the air bag to fail to deploy in case of a crash.
That recall covers 2.34 million of the vehicles in North America and 810,000 in Europe. In the second-largest of the disclosed recalls, Toyota is recalling 2.32 million three-door models produced between January 2005 and August 2010 to check for a defect in the seat rails that may cause the seat to slide forward during a crash, leading to an injury risk for the driver or passengers.