It would seem that GM is no longer alone in the corner of shame. Okay, perhaps that is a bit harsh, as we mentioned yesterday, it’s not really about shame, so much as it is about ensuring that potential customers are not dissuaded by a reputation of hidden problems and that lawsuits and fines are less frequent.
The recall affects 760,000 failing steering brackets, 160,000 windscreen wiper drainage failures, potential locking issues on seat rails (2.32 million), faulty spiral cables on airbags (3.5 million), and possible fire hazards in starter motors. If we add those figures up, we get 6.67 million cars, but some cars have more than one of those recalls, so the number rests at 6.39 million. Toyota’s spokesperson, Brian Lyons, said that the recalls were released simultaneously because investigations for these maladies were completed concurrently.
The recall affects the following cars, though Toyota did not break it down by model for North America, so there may be additional models affected: RAV4, Corolla, Matrix, Yaris, Yaris Sedan, Highlander, Reiz, Hilux, Camry, Land Cruiser Prado, Scion xD, Urban Cruiser, Pontiac Vibe and Ractis. This recall brings the tally to up over 17 million recalls this year (2013’s total was 22 million), though from Toyota, this is their third largest ever behind the window switch issue and the unintended acceleration issue.
-By: Sawyer Sutton
Source: Automotive News