Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places. No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the recalls announced Wednesday. But two reports of fires are linked to one of the problems, a defective engine starter that can keep the motor running.
Some vehicles were recalled for more than one problem. The recall cases total 6.76 million vehicles for 27 Toyota models, the Pontiac Vibe and the Subaru Trezia, produced from April 2004 through August 2013.
The recalls affect a large range of models, including the Corolla, RAV4, Matrix, Yaris, Highlander, and Tacoma.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration never found defects in electronics or software in Toyota cars, which had been targeted as a possible cause.
The focus in the U.S. auto industry has recently shifted to another major recall problem, this time with defective ignitions in compact cars made by GM.
There are already enough dangers on the road as is with distracted driving and every day car accidents- we don't need our actual cars that we believed to be safe to cause problems as well. We never think about the fact that our car could be defective and could potentially cause death for a driver or loved ones.
With the dangers being fairly unknown, I would take your car to the nearest dealership if it meets the recall guidelines. If you think that this recall has something to do with a recent incident with your car, contact a personal injury lawyer. Defects such as this can cause serious injury to those in the car, and sometimes it takes a recall to recognize how the issue actually occurred.