Japanese car manufacturer Toyota is recalling 6.4 million cars globally, including 35,124 in the UK, for five faults that could cause a variety of problems from airbag deactivation to a broken steering column.

The company is recalling vehicles over five separate issues, which include replacing a spiral cable attached to the driver’s airbag, as well as problems with seat rails, steering columns, windscreen wipers, and a fire risk from some engine starters.

The recall involves 27 different models, and is the fifth recall in recent months, with the announcement resulting in a 2% drop in Toyota’s share price in Tokyo.

News of the recall comes after the carmaker settled for $1.2 billion (£720 million) with US regulators over reporting of safety issues with its vehicles earlier this year.

The company said that they are not aware of any car crashes or injuries caused by these faults, but they had received two reports of fires due to faulty starters.

Toyota owners can check whether they are affected using the recall checker at the company’s website.


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