Toyota recalls 420000 vehicles over steering issue

November 10th, 2011 - 12:28 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Washington, Nov 9 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Toyota has announced the recall of about 420,000 vehicles because of steering problems. The giant automaker said they are recalling 550,000 vehicles around the world because of the problem.

The affected brands are V-6 and Lexus (four cylinder models of the brand are not affected by the recall). The Japanese firm said motorists in the United States will start receiving their letters of notification from the start of 2012.

In the breakdown of the recall which was published by the Associated Press, 447,000 of the vehicles will be withdrawn from the North American market (USA and Canada). 38,000 affected vehicles will come from Japan while 25,000 of the vehicles will come from Australia and New Zealand.

Europe has 14,000 of the recalled vehicles with the Middle East accounting for 10,000. Other countries in Asia without Japan will return 14,000 of the cars.

Toyota in recent years has recalled more than 14 million vehicles because of safety issues. The company’s production was severely affected early in the year when the devastating tsunami struck the coast of Japan. The company recently announced that their quarterly profit was massively affected by the disaster.

Toyota reported $1 billion profit in the last quarter.

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