Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models around the world. Approximately 1.8 million of the vehicles are in the United States.
No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the recalls announced Wednesday. But two fires have been reported related to one of the problems, a defective engine starter that can keep the motor running.
One of the recalls covering approximately 1.3 million vehicles in the United States is due to a spiral cable assembly connected to the driver's airbag. Toyota's announcement says the electrical connections on the assembly could become damaged if the steering wheel is turned, which could either cause a warning lamp to activate or the airbag to deactivate.
The remedy for that problem will involve replacing the spiral cable on 2009-2010 Corollas, 2009-2010 Matrixes, 2008-2010 Highlanders, 2009-2010 Tacomas 2006-2008 RAV4s and 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles.
The other recall involving cars in the United States covers 472,500 that could have a problem with the springs used to lock the front passenger seat into position. If the spring breaks due to frequent adjustments, the seat may not lock into position and could move during a crash.
That recall involves certain 2007-2010 Yaris sedans, 2006-2010 Yaris hatchbacks and 2008-2010 Scion xD vehicles.
Toyota says it plans to notify vehicle owners by first class mail when the planned repairs are ready. Meanwhile, Toyota owners can use their car's vehicle identification number to check the status on the company's recall information tool.