AFP – 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.
Japan’s biggest automaker 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.
Wednesday’s announcement comes after 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 with electric windows.
Rivals Honda and Nissan have also announced recalls in the past year.
Toyota’s latest recall 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, Toyota said.
In a worst case scenario, the steering issue could allow drivers to lose control of the vehicle, while the water pump problem could render it inoperable, it added.
About 1.5 million of the vehicles were sold in Japan, with the remainder sold around the world, including in the United States and Europe.
Toyota, once lauded for its safety standards, has been forced into damage control mode in recent years after recalling millions of vehicles over defects.
Earlier this year it added two models to a controversial 2009 recall launched after floor mats became trapped under the accelerator, linked to accidents that allegedly caused dozens of deaths.