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Toyota’s safety recall totals 34,000 units worldwide

Toyota’s safety recall totals 34,000 units worldwide
AFP
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First Published: Tue, Apr 20 2010. 08 34 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Apr 20 2010. 08 34 AM IST
Tokyp: Toyota said on Tuesday that the safety recall of its sports utility vehicles the Lexus GX 460 and some models of the Land Cruiser Prado will total 34,000 units worldwide.
The Japanese car giant promised to fix problems with the vehicle stability control system that increase the risk of rollover accidents.
Toyota has been hit by the biggest crisis in its history as it has issued recall notices for more than 10 million vehicles globally for defects with accelerator and brake systems in the past seven months.
In the latest blow, Toyota announced a mass recall Monday after US magazine Consumer Reports gave the Lexus GX 460 SUV a rare “Don’t Buy: Safety Risk” rating because of a rollover danger.
On Tuesday Toyota said that “approximately 34,000 units worldwide are involved,” raising the total from the less than 20,000 units previously announced for the United States, Canada and Europe.
It said it would recall 13,000 units of the GX 460 - including about 9,400 units in the United States, 1,000 units in Russia and 1,000 units in Oman.
It also said it would recall 21,000 left-hand drive models of the Land Cruiser Prado, including 4,400 units in Oman, 4,000 units in Russia, and 1,500 units in the United Arab Emirates.
Toyota overtook General Motors in 2008 as the world’s top automaker. But the safety issues that have plagued it have raised questions about whether it sacrificed its legendary quality to become number one.
On Monday Toyota agreed to pay a record $16.4 million fine in the United States for hiding its gas pedal defects from regulators for months.
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First Published: Tue, Apr 20 2010. 08 34 AM IST
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