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Toyota recalls about 6.4 million vehicles globally

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Toyota today recalled more than 6.3 million vehicles worldwide, making public several safety defects ranging from possible airbag failure to bad windshield wipers.

The automaker said 1.7 million vehicles sold in the United States are being recalled.

One defect involves the airbag. Toyota's recall notice says a spiral cable assembly can become damaged when the steering wheel is turned, potentially deactivating the airbag.

Toyota said it is still working on how it will replace the cable assembly. Owners will be notified by U.S. mail and will not be charged for the repair.

The cars and sport utility vehicles covered under this recall include some of the company's most popular models:

  • 2009 - 2010 Corolla
  • 2009 – 2010 Matrix
  • 2008 – 2010 Highlander
  • 2009 – 2010 Tacoma
  • 2006 – 2008 RAV4
  • 2006 – 2010 Yaris
  • 2009 -2010 Pontiac Vibe (was manufactured in cooperation with Toyota)

The other defect impacting U.S. models involves seats that can become unlocked, increasing the risk of injury during a crash. Toyota said the defect is the result of springs that might break, allowing the seat to move forward or backward.

In its notice, Toyota said it is still working on its remedy for the bad spring. Owners will be notified by mail when no-cost repairs will begin. The cars and sport utility vehicles covered under this recall include:

  • 2006 – 2010 Yaris hatchback
  • 2007 – 2010 Yaris sedan
  • 2008 – 2010 Scion xD

Other recalls announced today include faulty starter relays, wiper motors, and instrument panels brackets. But Toyota said those flaws, which are found in 2.8 million other vehicles abroad, do not apply to Toyota vehicles sold in the United States.

Toyota stock was trading down at midday, sinking to a near-one-year low. Shares of the company were down 1.6% while the broader market was moving .5% higher.

Has you car been recalled? Check the VIN here, if the site is up: http://www.toyota.com/owners/web/pages/resources/recalls

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