TOKYO — Toyota has announced a global recall of 2.77 million vehicles
over water pump or steering problems, in the latest blow to the firm's
reputation after a spate of earlier call backs.
Japan's biggest automaker on Wednesday said there were no reported
injuries or accidents, but it had received about 400 complaints in Japan
over the pump issue and a handful about the steering problem.
The firm last month issued a huge global recall of 7.43 million
vehicles, including its popular Camry and Corolla models, over a
possible fire risk tied to a fault in its electric windows.
Rivals Honda and Nissan have also announced recalls in the past year.
Toyota's latest call back involves a number of vehicles manufactured
between August 2000 and December 2011, including its popular Prius
hybrid, which suffered from one or both of the defects, it said.
In a worst-case scenario the steering issue could see drivers lose
control of the vehicle, while the water pump problem could render it
inoperable, the firm added.