Toyota Motor Corp. announced that it is to recall 2.77 million vehicles worldwide, including some of its popular hybrid Prius cars, due to a steering glitch and water pump problems.
This is the carmaker’s second multi-million-vehicle recall in just over a month.
Toyota stated that the defects had caused no accidents and could each be repaired within an hour, but could cost the company millions of dollars to repair all of the affected vehicles.
Although the recall is widespread, the malfunctions are less serious and are not thought to diminish Toyota’s reputation, unlike the colossal Toyota recalls in 2009 and 2011 when unintended acceleration problems were the cause of fatal vehicle collisions.
Toyota is recalling 2.76 million vehicles worldwide to fix the steering component and 630,000 gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles to replace water pumps, according to company spokesman Joichi Tachikawa. Many vehicles have an overlap in both malfunctions as well.
Please contact your local Toyota dealer in the case of steering or water pump problems, or if you have any questions or concerns about this recall.