Toyota recalls 6.4 million vehicles worldwide

The significant recall includes approximately 1.77 million vehicles in the US, and covers a broad range of faults.

2014 Toyota Corolla
The Toyota Corolla is one of several vehicles involved in the latest recall Josh Miller/CNET

Toyota has initiated a recall of 6.4 million vehicles around the world, for problems ranging from engine starter glitches to potentially dangerous problems like seat rail springs.

Toyota confirmed the million-strong global recall to CNET, which, Reuters reports, covers faults in 27 different types of vehicle. Toyota US says it's recalling approximately 472,500 Yaris Hatchbacks, Yaris Sedans and Scion xDs, and approximately 1.3 million Corolla, Matrix, Highlander, Tacoma, RAV4 and Yaris vehicles. In the UK, Toyota says the issues affect some RAV4, Hilux, Yaris and Urban Cruiser models.

Toyota says there are, "No reports worldwide of any incidents, injuries or fatalities linked to these issues."

One issue relates to a spiral cable assembly. When the car's steering wheel is turned, this could cause, "damage to certain circuits that provide connectivity to the airbag", Toyota explains. Another issue involves a seat rail spring that -- if broken -- could increase risk in the event of a crash, while the Wall Street Journal reports that two vehicles in Japan caught fire due to defective engine starters.

How to check

You can check whether your car is one of the recalled models by entering your 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on Toyota's US site. Toyota says 35,124 UK models are affected -- readers from the UK can check by entering their car's information here.

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