In a move related to a tighter regulatory environment for automotive manufacturers, Toyota recalled almost seven million vehicles worldwide in April.
Dogged for years by lawsuits concerning sudden acceleration caused by defective throttles and floor mats, Toyota agreed in March to pay a record $1.2 billion criminal fine related to a four-year investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.
In agreeing to pay the fine, Toyota acknowledged it withheld and concealed information from consumers and regulatory agencies about the acceleration defects.
Bringing new problems to light, the most recent recalls affect almost two million vehicles in the United States and include:
- Spiral cable assembly: Certain models of RAV4, Highlander, Corolla, Matrix and Yaris vehicles are being recalled to repair the wiring of airbags. In recalled vehicles, the electrical connections to the airbag module could be damaged by their location near the steering mechanism. When damaged, the airbag warning light may not illuminate and the airbags may not deploy during an accident.
- Seat defect: The seat assembly of certain model Yaris and Scion xD cars could become unstable during a collision. According to Toyota, springs in the rail assembly that underpin front seat adjustment could break and allow the seat to move while driving or after impact.
The automaker reports it knows of no accidents caused by these defects. While this latest recall may restore some confidence that Toyota reports known defects, it also refreshes the public’s memory of the ongoing vehicle troubles at Toyota.
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Motor vehicle and car accident lawyer Mark Link, who is Of Counsel with our Jacksonville law firm, also contributed to this post.