Toyota to Recall 6.5 Million Vehicles Globally

21 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Toyota recalls 6.5 million vehicles globally over window defect.

TOKYO— Toyota TM -1.08 % Motor Corp. is recalling 6.5 million vehicles world-wide over power-window switches at risk of fire, the auto maker said Wednesday, the latest in a series of similar recalls involving around 14 million cars. The company said it had not received reports of accidents tied to the defect, but one customer may have suffered a burn on their hand due to the problem.

Toyota has been working to regain its reputation for safety after the recall of millions of cars globally for various problems, including the airbag issues at embattled supplier Takata. Tokyo-based Takata has been under fire over the crisis, as it faces lawsuits and regulatory probes into accusations that it knew about the problem and concealed the dangers. The defect — thought to be associated with a chemical propellant that helps inflate the airbags — can cause them to deploy with explosive force, sending metal shrapnel hurtling toward drivers and passengers. Last year, Toyota said it would pay $1.2 billion to settle US criminal charges that it lied to safety regulators and the public as it tried to cover-up deadly accelerator defects that might be linked to dozens of deaths.

The Japanese giant recalled 12 million vehicles worldwide in 2009 and 2010 owing to defects that caused vehicles to speed out of control and fail to respond to the brake. This time, the switches had too little grease, which could also lead to fire. “We have been taking various measures to prevent problems from recurring. Some of the vehicles recalled in 2009 are included in the latest recall, because the switch used to repair those vehicles may have been problematic, Toyota said.

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