RECALL UPDATES -Massive Toyota Recall-

Hard on the heels of the massive GM recall earlier this year, on Wednesday, April 9, Toyota issued a massive recall of its own, affecting 27 models, including the Camry, Corolla, Matrix and Highlander.  Two models were joint manufacture ventures with other car companies and sold under the brands Pontiac Vibe and Subaru Trezia.  Not all of these models are new cars – some were sold as far back as  2004.  Troublesome parts  include seat rails, steering column  brackets, windshield wiper motors and spiral airbag cables.  The total number of vehicles affected worldwide comes to about 6.4 million; about two million were sold in North America.  Other models included are the Auris, Belta, Corolla Axio, Corolla Fielder, Fortuna, Hilux, Innova, Ist, Land Cruiser Prado, Mark X, Matrix, Porte, Ractis, Rav 4, Reiz, Scion xD, Spade, Tacoma, Urban Cruiser, Vanguard, Vitz, Yaris and Yaris Sedan.  In a statement released April 9, Toyota said that it is preparing remedies for the defects, that it will notify owners by first class mail when the fixes are ready, and that these will be provided at no charge.  To find out if your U.S.-registered Toyota is included in the recall, go to  http://www.toyota.com/owners/web/pages/resources/recalls and type in your 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN), which can be found on your driver’s side doorjamb, your auto registration form, or your vehicle insurance card.  If you do not have computer access, contact Toyota’s customer service department toll-free at 1-800-331-4331.

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