Toyota Recalls 6.4M Vehicles, 27 Models

5 different issues in spotlight
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Apr 9, 2014 7:40 AM CDT
In this Aug. 2, 2013 file photo, the emblem of a Toyota car shines at Toyota Motor Corp.'s showroom in Tokyo.   (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)

(Newser) – It's been several days since Mazda's terrifying recall, so it must be time for another automotive shakeup. This time it's Toyota calling back 27 models of its cars totaling 6.4 million vehicles, the BBC reports. In 3.5 million of them, the central concern is a cable linked to the driver's-side airbag. Turning the steering wheel can mess with the cable, and the potential result is that the airbag may not inflate. Some 1.7 million of these vehicles are in North America, the Wall Street Journal reports.

More than 2 million cars, meanwhile, have seat rail issues; in 760,000 vehicles, it's the steering wheel bracket Toyota's worried about; 160,000 need new wiper motors. The problems haven't led to any fatalities Toyota is aware of, but the recall marks the company's fifth in the past few months, the BBC notes. The Camry, Corolla, Matrix, RAV4, Highlander, and Yaris are among the affected models. The recall comes on the heels of last month's $1.2 billion settlement with the Justice Department.

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