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A Look At Toyota's Recall Of 6.39 Million Vehicles

By The Associated Press

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it's recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for various safety defects. The total rises to 6.76 million if vehicles with multiple recalls a¿¿ like the Yaris subcompact a¿¿ are counted for each recall.

No one has been injured due to the recalls, but the company says two fires have been linked to a defective engine starter.

This is a breakdown of the vehicles and defects involved.

PROBLEM: Electric connections can be damaged when the steering wheel is turned, which could deactivate the air bags.

VEHICLES INVOLVED: 3.5 million. Includes the RAV4, Vanguard, Corolla, Matrix, Yaris, Land Cruiser Prado, Highlander, Tacoma, Reiz, Camry, Hilux, Fortuner, Innova and Pontiac Vibe (which was developed for General Motors by Toyota). Vehicles were made between June 2004 and December 2010.

PLACES SOLD: Mostly North America, but also Japan, China, Europe, India and elsewhere.

PROBLEM: Spring in the front seat rails could break, so the seat may not lock into position.

VEHICLES INVOLVED: 2.32 million. Includes the Ist, Vitz, Belta, Ractis, Scion xD, Urban Cruiser and Yaris built between January 2005 and August 2010.

PLACES SOLD: Mostly Japan, but also North America, Europe, China and elsewhere.

PROBLEM: Weld that connects the steering column bracket to the instrument panel can break if the steering wheel is repeatedly turned with full force. The steering column may tilt out of position, but the driver can still control the car.

VEHICLES INVOLVED: 760,000. Includes the Ist, Vitz, Belta, Ractis, Scion xD, Urban Cruiser and Yaris built between September 2005 and February 2009.

PLACES SOLD: Mostly Europe, but also Japan.

PROBLEM: Faulty windshield wiper motors.

VEHICLES INVOLVED: 160,000. Includes the Ist, Vitz, Belta and Ractis built between September 2005 and February 2008.

PLACES SOLD: Japan.

PROBLEM: Metallic particles may accumulate in the engine starter's circuitry, increasing the risk of a fire.

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