Toyota recalls 6.4m cars over suspected faults

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Toyota recalls 6.4m cars over suspected faults

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The carmaker Toyota is recalling nearly 6.4 million vehicles worldwide because of safety concerns affecting various parts from steering to seats.

The glitches were found in 27 models – including the RAV4 SUV and Yaris subcompact. Toyota said faults were also found in the Pontiac Vibe and the Subaru Trezia, two models the carmaker built for General Motors and Fuji Heavy Industries.

In February the company recalled 1.9 million of its bestselling Prius cars over a software fault.

The latest recall is the second largest to date by the company.

Toyota said some 3.5 million vehicles were being recalled to replace a spiral cable that could be damaged when the steering wheel is turned, causing the air bag to fail to activate in the event of a crash. About half of those vehicles, produced between April 2004 and December 2010, are in North America.

Another 2.32 million three-door models made between January 2005 and August 2010 are being recalled to check the rails that could cause the seat to slide forward in a crash.

The other recalls are for faulty steering column brackets, windscreen wiper motors and engine starters, Toyota said.

Large scale recalls have become more common in recent years. Toyota has been trying to rebuild its reputation following problems with accelerator pedals linked to fatal accidents.

That led to a settlement worth $1.2 billion (870 million euros) agreed only last month, with more private lawsuits still pending.