On the heels of a $1.2 billion criminal penalty over concealing information and misleading consumers over the unintended acceleration issue, Toyota announced a 6.39 million car recall globally affecting 25 different models in 5 separate recalls. The total recall affects nearly 2 million cars in North America alone.

Click here to read the full article: Toyota Recalls 6.4 Million Cars Worldwide

Here is the full list of cars affected:

Toyota Car Recall 1 Toyota Car Recall 2

The largest recall affects 7 different models that total 1,291,449 vehicles being recalled.  Toyota will be recalling 2006-2008 RAV4, 2006-2010 Yaris, 2008-2010 Highlander, and 2009-2010 Tacoma, Corolla, Corolla Matrix and General Motors Pontiac Vibe vehicles due to an air bag defect.  The problem is that one of the electrical cables can be damaged when one turns the steering wheel due to the close proximity and shape of a particular cable.  If the cable is damaged, connectivity to the driver’s air bag module could be lost and the air bag deactivated.  If the air is not deployed in an accident, this increases the likelihood of an injury.

Toyota will notify the Toyota vehicle owners, and General Motors will notify the Pontiac Vibe owners.  Toyota will send their owners an interim notification letter in late April 2014 to advise owners of the recall, and will mail owners a second letter when remedy parts are available.  General Motors has not yet provided a notification schedule for the Pontiac Vibe owners. When the parts are available, dealers will replace the spiral cable assembly, free of charge. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.  Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-762-2737.

Click here to read the defect: Toyota Air Bag Recall

Another Toyota recall affects 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles manufactured August 22, 2005, through May 12, 2010, and 2008-2010 Scion xD vehicles manufactured April 4, 2007, through May 12, 2010.  This recall affects 472,388 cars.  The problem is from the springs in the seat rails in the driver seats and passenger seats of these 3 door vehicle models.  When the spring breaks, the seat will not stay locked in position.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the seat rail, and replace it with a new one, if necessary, free of charge.  The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Americans rely on their car manufactures to provide a safe well-designed vehicle.  Sadly, that is not often the case.  The Auto Defect Attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm has successfully represented many people injured from defective Toyotas, Fords, Chrysler, Honda, GM products and numerous other manufacturers and suppliers.  Often times, people involved in accidents do not examine the issues of defective vehicle design nor whether the car was truly crashworthy – does it contain the appropriate crash protection.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto crash, our attorneys at The Brandi Law Firm are available to consult with you.  Please contact our office at 800-481-1615 or email us.

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