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Toyota recalls 8.5 million vehicles worldwide

Daihatsu Motor, a subsidiary of Toyota, said Thursday it will recall around 275,000 vehicles in Japan due to faulty brake lamps and loose bolts in the suspension system.

The move comes as Daihatsu’s parent company, Toyota Motor Corp. battles to restore consumer confidence amid massive recalls. The world’s top automaker has recalled 8.5 million vehicles worldwide, including more than 6 million in the U.S. alone. Toyota owns about 51 percent of minicar maker Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd.

Daihatsu spokesman Hiroshi Maruyama said the recall was due to faulty brake lamps and the risk of bolts loosening in the suspension system. He said there was also a risk of loosening hoses in a fuel tank.

The company has not received any reports of accidents due to these defects, he said.
Toyota’s rivals, Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. recently announced recalls. Nissan said last week it was recalling about 540,000 pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles and minivans — mostly in the U.S — to fix problems with brake pedals and fuel gauges.


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