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Toyota recalls over 6M vehicles worldwide

April 9, 2014 5:22:49 AM PDT
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles and 27 Toyota models produced worldwide from April 2004 through August 2013 for various safety problems.

The Japanese manufacturer is recalling nearly 1.8 million vehicles in the U.S.

The affected vehicles have what's being described as a "variety of problems" and include:

- 1.3 million vehicles with faulty electrical connections that could cause the air bags to deactivate. Included are the 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Tacoma, 2006-2008 RAV4, 2006-2010 Yaris and 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe. If the air bags deactivate, they could fail to deploy after a crash.

- 472,500 small cars with defective springs in the front seat rails, which could prevent the seats from locking in place. Included are the 2006-2010 Yaris hatchback, 2007-2010 Yaris sedan and the 2008-2010 Scion XD.

No injuries or crashes have been reported, but there have been two fires connected to a defective engine starter.

Additional problems include a cable attached to an air bag, the bracket holding the steering column in place and the windshield wiper motor.

Toyota said dealers will replace the defective parts for free when replacement parts are available.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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