today's Pick
Toyota recalls 6.39 million vehicles worldwide
Publish Date: Apr 09, 2014
Toyota recalls 6.39 million vehicles worldwide
This file picture taken on August 30, 2007 shows Toyota Motor s SUV "Vanguard" at the companys showroom in Tokyo. Toyota recalled 6.39 million vehicles worldwide for five different problems.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

Toyota on Wednesday recalled 6.39 million vehicles worldwide for five different problems, dealing another blow to the world's largest automaker whose reputation for quality and safety has been dented in recent years.

Despite record sales and bumper profits, Toyota has been fighting to protect its brand after millions of earlier recalls and in the wake of a $1.2 billion settlement last month to settle US criminal charges.

In October 2012, Toyota announced a global recall of 7.43 million vehicles, including its popular Camry and Corolla models, over a possible fire risk, while in February it recalled 1.9 million of its signature Prius hybrid cars.

On Wednesday, the firm's Tokyo-listed shares took a hit, falling 3.07 percent to 5,450 yen ($53) by the close.

Toyota announced five separate recalls involving 26 Toyota models, as well as the Pontiac Vibe and the Subaru Trezia.

"Since a few models are involved in more than one recall, the total number of vehicles that will be remedied is 6.39 million," Toyota said in an e-mail.

Among the problems are a driver's seat defect, steering column problems, and an engine starter glitch that poses a fire risk, the company said.

The vehicles affected include the Corolla sedan, the RAV4 sport utility vehicle and Yaris subcompact.

Toyota said it had received two reports about fires owing to the starter defect, but added that none of the issues had caused any accidents to its knowledge.

The vehicles, made over the past decade, include 1.08 million in Japan, 2.3 million in North America, about 770,000 in Europe and 62,000 in China, Toyota said.

- $1.2 bn criminal charges settled -

In March, the Japanese automaker agreed to pay $1.2 billion to settle US criminal charges that it lied to safety regulators and the public as it tried to cover up deadly accelerator defects.

Dozens of deaths were blamed on the problems, which caused vehicles to speed out of control and fail to respond to the brake.

Toyota eventually recalled 12 million vehicles worldwide in 2009 and 2010 at a cost of $2.4 billion as the scandal over sudden, unintended acceleration spread and tarnished its once-stellar reputation.

In reaching the settlement, Toyota admitted that it lied when it insisted in 2009 that it had addressed the "root cause" of the problem by fixing floor mats that could trap the accelerator.

As part of the cover-up, Toyota scrapped plans to fix the "sticky pedal" defect in the United States and instructed employees and its parts supplier not to put anything about the design changes in writing.

The latest recall came as Japan's Jiji Press news agency said Wednesday that Toyota's global sales in the fiscal year to March topped 10 million units for the first time.

The company, which declined to comment on the report, kept the title of world's biggest automaker last year sales of 9.98 million vehicles, outpacing Germany's Volkswagen and General Motors, and said it expects 2014 to become the first to break the 10 million vehicle sales barrier in a calendar year.

Toyota has tipped a record fiscal year profit after more than doubling its nine-month earnings to $15 billion thanks to the yen's sharp decline and surging sedan sales.




 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
‘Women smokers risk infertility and premature births’
The rise in the number of women smokers is undermining efforts to improve maternal and child health, experts have noted....
Zoo lets the brave tickle a lion
Dare ya, double dare ya, to tickle a lion''s belly. Or touch his menacing claws....
Burkina Faso leader defiant after violent day
Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore on Thursday refused to give up power but called off a state of emergency imposed after a violent uprising against his 27-year rule that saw parliament set ablaze....
Otafiire to media: Stop harassing Mbabazi
Justice minister Maj. Gen. Kahinda Otafiire says the press should stop what he termed as “harassing” former prime minister Amama Mbabazi....
Burkina parliament set ablaze in protests over president
Angry demonstrators went on the rampage in Burkina Faso on Thursday, setting parliament ablaze in a surge of violence that forced the government to scrap a vote on controversial plans to allow President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule....
Graca Machel wants woman to succeed Museveni
Uganda should have a female president when President Yoweri Museveni retires, South African former first lady has said....
Should the absence of bride price prevent couples from wedding?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter