p>With the sting of the massive unintended acceleration and window switch fire recalls from 2009-2012 just fading, Toyota finds itself recalling 6.4 million cars. The newest Toyota recall is actually five recalls announced at once. Toyota says that it is not aware of any deaths, injuries or crashes caused by the parts being recalled.
2.3 million Toyota cars in North America will be recalled, with the rest of the recalls taking place in Europe, Asia and South America.
Toyota is recalling 3.5 million cars to replace faulty spiral cables for driver’s air bags, 2.3 million cars for possible locking problems on seat rails, 760,000 cars for failing steering column brackets, 160,000 cars for windshield wiper drainage problems, and 20,000 cars for a possible fire hazard in starter motors.
The Toyota RAV4, Corolla, Matrix, Yaris, Highlander, Tacoma, Camry as well as the Pontiac Vibe are affected by the faulty air bag that is being recalled due to a cable that can become damaged and prevent the airbag from deploying in a crash. The Scion xD and Toyota Yaris are being recalled for the faulty seat rail that may not lock in position, particularly during an accident.
Toyota’s recalls today may be a bit overly protective, not that that’s a bad thing. Toyota agreed to pay a $1.2 billion fine to the U.S. government for misleading consumers and concealing facts regarding the unintended acceleration recalls, according to Automotive News. GM is facing scrutiny over its ignition switch recalls to replace parts that the company may have known were defective ten years ago and caused fires that killed at least 13 people.