Toyota Motor is recalling about 6.4 million vehicles in Japan, the United States, Europe and elsewhere for problems including unstable driver’s seats. Toyota officials said on Wednesday that the safety recall covers 27 models made between October 2004 and August 2013. Periods differ among the models.
In Japan, the automaker is recalling just over one million cars comprising 13 models. They include Toyota’s Vitz and Ractis and the Subaru Trezia sold by Fuji Heavy Industries. Officials of Toyota and Japan’s transport ministry say the problems include faulty springs used to lock seat rails.
They say the springs lack strength and could break if the seats are adjusted too often. In the worst case, seats could move while the vehicles are running. The officials say some models have problems with motor parts that could cause fires. In February, a driver reported that a fire starting near an engine gutted a vehicle in western Japan. Toyota plans to start free repairs in Japan on Thursday.