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Toyota set to recall 7.43 million vehicles globally

FIRE RISK:The recall will include Camrys, as well as Corollas, mostly in the US, the EU and China, where the firm saw its sales drop 48.9% year-on-year last month

AFP, TOKYO

Japan’s biggest automaker said yesterday it would recall 7.43 million vehicles globally over a fire risk caused by a power-window defect in models including the popular Camry and Corolla.

The recall is the latest to hit the firm after it called back millions of other vehicles in recent years, which dealt a heavy blow to its once-stellar reputation for safety.

About 2.47 million vehicles will be recalled from the US, a spokeswoman said.

Another 2.8 million cars would be recalled from Europe and China, while the remainder were spread over the world, including Japan, Canada, Australia and the Middle East, she said.

The latest recall comes about two months after Toyota added two models to a controversial 2009 recall launched after floor mats became trapped under the accelerator and were linked to accidents that allegedly caused dozens of deaths.

Toyota’s mishandling of the initial problem and other reports of sudden, unintended acceleration led to the recall of more than 12 million vehicles worldwide, a US congressional probe, more than US$50 million in fines from US regulators and public apologies by its chief.

The Japanese firm managed to regain its position as the world’s No. 1 automaker in the first half of this year, stealing back the lead from US giant General Motors.

However, Toyota was recently hit by a dive in Chinese car sales as an islands row between China and Japan continues.

Toyota saw monthly sales in China, the world’s biggest car market, slump 48.9 percent year-on-year last month, while Nissan sales there tumbled 35.3 percent and Honda dropped 40.5 percent.

On Tokyo’s Nikkei index, Toyota ended down 1.9 percent and Honda Motor lost 1.1 percent, but Nissan Motor added 1.2 percent.

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