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Toyota to recall 7 million cars globally

Oct 10 2012 08:43 AFP
Die nuwe Toyota Corolla Sprinter is hier.

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Tokyo - Japan's biggest carmaker said on Wednesday it would recall 7.43 million vehicles globally over a fire risk caused by a power-window defect in models including the popular Camry and Corolla.

The recall is the latest to hit the firm after it called back millions of other vehicles in recent years, which dealt a heavy blow to its once-stellar reputation for safety.

About 2.47 million vehicles will be recalled from the United States, said a spokesperson for the firm.

Another 2.8 million cars would be recalled from Europe and China while the remainder were spread over the world including Japan, Canada, Australia and the Middle East, she said.

The latest recall comes about two months after Toyota added two models to a controversial 2009 recall launched after floor mats became trapped under the accelerator and were linked to accidents that allegedly caused dozens of deaths.

Toyota's mishandling of the initial problem and other reports of sudden, unintended acceleration led to the recall of more than 12 million vehicles worldwide, a US congressional probe, more than $50m in fines from US regulators and public apologies by its chief.

Toyota has since worked hard to regain its reputation for safety, while at the same time suffering from the impact of the economic crisis, a strong yen and the devastating 2011 quake and tsunami.

The Japanese firm managed to regain its position as the world's number one automaker in the first half of 2012, stealing back the lead from US giant General Motors.


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