Toyota to recall 2.77-M cars over steering glitch

Posted at 11/14/12 1:41 PM


TOKYO (UPDATED) - Toyota said on Wednesday it would recall around 2.77 million vehicles world-wide, including certain models of the Prius, due to problems with the steering mechanism and the hybrid system water pump, its second multi-million car recall in two months.

The firm is recalling 1.5 million vehicles in Japan, 670,000 vehicles in the United States and 496,000 vehicles in Europe over a problem in the steering intermediate extension shafts, which could be damaged at slow speed, according to a spokesman.

The spokesman added that the problem, seen in cars such as the second-generation Prius and certain Corolla models, could be fixed in about 50 minutes.

Separately, the Japanese carmaker is also recalling 630,000 vehicles world-wide, including 350,000 in the United States and 175,000 in Japan, to fix water pumps in hybrid vehicles.

Some vehicles are target of both recalls, making the total number of vehicles to be recalled at 2.77 million.

In October, Toyota said it was pulling back more than 7.4 million vehicles world-wide to fix faulty power window switches, the industry's biggest single recall since Ford Motor Co took 8 million vehicles off the road in 1996. 

A series of Toyota recalls involving more than 10 million vehicles between 2009 and 2011 damaged the firm's image, but it recovered and earlier this month raised its full-year net profit forecast to $9.7 billion, citing solid sales.