Toyota set to recall 7.43 mln vehicles
TOKYO - Agence France—Presse
Workers check paints and bodies of Toyota best selling car “Corolla” at a plant of the company’s subsidiary Central Motor at Ohira village in Miyagi prefecture. AFP photoJapan’s biggest automaker said yesterday it would recall 7.43 million vehicles globally over a fire risk caused by a power-window defect in models including the popular Camry and Corolla. Toyota Turkey also released a press release saying it would service some 58,143 Yaris, Auris, Corolla, Camry and RAV4 models produced between 2006-2008.
“Toyota will invite customers to servicing centers for a complete control and will perform the servicing for one hour free of charge,” read the press statement released by Toyota Turkey.
“Due to the fact that during the production of the key lock for the electric windows, some of protective grease was uanble to spread out to all the contact areas, there has been some wear and tear over time, which has causeed the lock to stop working over time,” said Toyota Turkey.
Blow to once stellar reputation
The recall is the latest to hit the firm after it called back millions of other vehicles in recent years, which dealt a heavy blow to its once-stellar reputation for safety.
About 2.47 million vehicles will be recalled from the United States, said a spokeswoman for the firm.
Another 2.8 million cars would be recalled from Europe and China while the remainder was spread over the world including Japan, Canada, Australia and the Middle East, she said.
The latest recall comes about two months after Toyota added two models to a controversial 2009 recall launched after floor mats became trapped under the accelerator and were linked to accidents that allegedly caused dozens of deaths.
Toyota’s mishandling of the initial problem and other reports of sudden, unintended acceleration led to the recall of more than 12 million vehicles worldwide, a U.S. congressional probe, more than $50 million in fines from U.S. regulators and public apologies by its chief.
Toyota has since worked hard to regain its reputation for safety, while at the same time suffering from the impact of the economic crisis, a strong yen and the devastating 2011 quake and tsunami.
The Japanese firm managed to regain its position as the world’s number one automaker in the first half of 2012, stealing back the lead from U.S. giant General Motors.