Today, Toyota announced a spate of recalls that affect 6.4 million vehicles across the globe.
The massive announcement calls further attention to flaws with cars manufactured by the same company that the U.S. government slapped with a $1.2 billion fine for covering up flaws with its vehicles that caused unintended acceleration. In North America, the collective campaigns will see roughly 2.3 million vehicles spanning several nameplates.
Two key issues affect vehicles in North America. Here’s an organized breakdown of the announcement. If you own any of the following, expect to take your car in to a dealership to have the following problems addressed.
The spring used in your driver’s seat could break. If that happens, your seat might not stay in place.
- 2007 – 2010 Toyota Yaris hatchback (158,000 affected)
- 2009 – 2010 Toyota Yaris sedan (250,500 affected)
The same issue described above can apply to both front seats in the following.
- 2008 – 2010 Scion xD (64,000 affected)
A second, much larger recall was also announced today. In total, it affects roughly 1.3 million vehicles that have a cable in the steering column with electrical connections that may be damaged over time when the wheel is turned. If that damage is severe enough, it could interfere with the driver’s airbag deploying properly. Keep an eye on your airbag light. It will illuminate if there is a problem. These are the models Toyota is recalling. The company didn’t release a breakdown by nameplate.
- 2009 – 2010 Corolla
- 2009 – 2010 Matrix
- 2008 – 2010 Highlander
- 2009 – 2010 Tacoma pickup truck
- 2006 – 2008 RAV4
- 2006 – 2010 Yaris (hatch vs sedan not specified by Toyota)
It’s also important to note that the Pontiac Vibe, which is a re-badged version of the Toyota Matrix, is also being recalled.