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By YOSHIO TAKAHASHI

TOKYO —Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it will recall a total of 2.77 million vehicles world-wide to fix shaft and water pump defects, just a month after the company’s biggest recall for a single part, in a move that may once again dent its reputation for quality after the massive recalls two years ago.

Recalls don’t necessarily hurt a company’s sales in the long term. Still, vehicle reliability plays a large part in the strength of Toyota and successive large recalls could negatively affect its brand image, as seen in a series of serious glitches by the car maker in 2009 and 2010 when it came under harsh criticism for its slow response to global recalls. Toyota has since then aimed for quick responses to fix defects as it strives to regain customers’ trust.

Of the 2.77 million vehicles in the latest recall, 2.76 million vehicles in 10 models including the Corolla and the Avensis, produced between August 2000 and December 2011, will be recalled due to a defect in the shaft connecting the steering wheel to the gearbox, a Toyota spokeswoman said.

The company will also recall a further 630,000 vehicles in five models such as the second-generation Prius and the FCHV-adv fuel-cell vehicle, built between May and September 2011, to repair a defect in the water pump used in the hybrid system, the spokeswoman said.

In all, 620,000 vehicles have both the shaft and water pump defects, including the second-generation Prius, the spokeswoman said.

There have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to these faulty parts, she added.

The latest glitches follow a global recall of 7.4 million vehicles by Toyota last month in the company’s largest recall to date for a single part.

This is an unwelcome setback for Toyota after the Japanese car maker last week reported solid quarterly profits and lifted its profit forecast for the current business year. The company has been bouncing back from the earthquake and tsunami in March last year, despite faltering sales in China on the back of a consumer backlash amid the territorial disputes between Beijing and Tokyo.

On the Tokyo stock exchange, Toyota shares ended Wednesday down 0.8% at ¥3,060, their lowest for the day. The benchmark Nikkei 225 finished nearly flat, rising 0.04%.

To fix the defective shaft that might disable the steering function, Toyota will recall 1.51 million vehicles in Japan, 669,000 in the U.S. and 496,000 in Europe, with the rest of the affected vehicles in Australia, the Middle East, Asia and other markets. The pump glitch, which might cause the vehicles to be unable to run, affects 350,000 vehicles in the U.S.; 175,000 in Japan; 83,000 in Europe; and the rest in other markets.

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Toyota owners could be receiving a notification in the coming weeks about a recall that could keep their cars from catching fire.

The auto manufacturer is recalling almost 7.5 million vehicles worldwide for faulty switches on power windows. The recall, which is the largest in Toyota’s history, will affect about 2.5 million cars in the United States, alone.

Gatorland Toyota service manager Rob Hurlbert said the recall is to check vehicles and determine if the factory applied enough grease to the window switch in order to prevent it from overheating. He added that Toyota owners may be putting themselves in danger if they attempt to fix the problem on their own.

Hurlbert explained that a coating of grease is applied to the inside of each switch before it leaves the factory. If there isn’t enough grease in the switch, it is susceptible to more ware, which he said could be potentially hazardous.

“That’s exacerbated if a customer feels that, they might put some other kind of lubricant in there, which certainly can be an issue,” Hurlbert said.

Toyota will inspect and correct the switches on vehicles affected by the recall free of charge. Hurlbert said correcting the problem is a relatively easy fix.

Owners whose vehicles are affected by the recall will be notified by mail beginning later this month. Hurlbert said Toyota will notify owners in waves so that local dealerships and service centers aren’t overwhelmed by the amount of cars needing repairs.

“I expect a couple thousand of our customers to be affected,” he said.

“The repair is only about an hour long, so we don’t expect it to be too much of an inconvenience, and we certainly want to do everything we can to minimize that inconvenience for our customers.”

Toyota owners can check the full listing of vehicles affected by the recall at Toyota’s website to see if their car will need to be serviced.

George Pappas edited this story online.

Toyota North America has issues a voluntary recall on 2 of its vehicles. The 2005 to 2010 Toyota Rav4 and the 2010 Lexus HS250h Hybrid. Both vehicles suffered from the same issue, and the repair notices should be going out to dealerships shortly.

The problem surrounds the vehicle’s rear suspension and the alignment adjusting nuts.  When serviced for procedures such as new tires or repair, the nut is highly susceptible to being improperly tightened.  If this occurs, the rear tie rod end may begin to move and or build up rust leading to damage or overall failure.  A suddenly breaking tie rod would cause the a Lexus HS250h or Toyota RAV4 to lose major control and would be a disaster waiting to happen.

Lexus has also issued a recall recently for the RX from Nov 2008 to Sept 2010 regarding their always famous sticky accelerator. While it sounds dangerous, the problem is most likely related to a improperly secured floor mat. The no cost repair (which i’m sure isnt anything special) will begin in August 2012

 

Here’s the president of Toyota talking to Congress earlier this year