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A look at the 6.39 million vehicles Toyota is recalling globally for safety defects

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it's recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for various safety defects. The total rises to 6.76 million if vehicles with multiple recalls — like the Yaris subcompact — are counted for each recall. No one has been injured due to the recalls, but the company says two fires have been linked to a defective engine starter. This is a breakdown of the vehicles and defects involved. PROBLEM: Electric connections can be damaged when the steering wheel is turned, which could deactivate the air bags.

Generous Fit: Honda spruces up its subcompact

It's still small, but Honda found ways to make more room inside its popular Fit while adding some pizzazz to the front and high-end amenities in a new model presented Monday. One of the most anticipated introductions at the Detroit Auto Show, the new Fit was technically a tad shorter and wider, but the gains of inside legroom made it feel like a much more generous mid-sized saloon. Honda boosted horsepower by 13 to 130, hoping to address criticisms of being underpowered.

Toyota recalls 185,000 vehicles globally for power-steering glitch, mostly in Japan and Europe

TOKYO - Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 185,000 vehicles globally, mostly in Japan and Europe, for a glitch in the power steering. No accidents have been reported related to the problem. The recall covers 123,000 vehicles in Japan, including the Vitz compact, and 46,000 vehicles in Europe, including the Yaris, all produced between August 2010 and March 2012, Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons said Wednedsay. It also covers 11,000 Subaru Trezia vehicles produced under an OEM deal, all in Japan, he said. Only about 100 vehicles were affected in North America.

Toyota says to recall 185,000 cars globally, including Yaris

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> said it is recalling around 185,000 vehicles globally including the Yaris compact due to a glitch in the electric power steering system, which could make the steering heavier. Yaris models, known as the Vitz in Japan, made between November 2010 to March 2012 have been recalled. Toyota said it is also recalling the Verso-S, known as the Lactis in Japan, manufactured from August 2010 to August 2011.

Honda recalls 143,000 cars again for potential fire hazard

DETROIT (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co's U.S. subsidiary will recall more than 143,000 subcompact cars to replace faulty window switches that pose a potential fire hazard, the Japanese automaker said Friday. This is the second such campaign for the 2007 and 2008 Honda Fit hatchback, which was recalled for a similar problem in January 2010. Honda said rain water or spilled liquids could damage the master power window switch on the driver's door, potentially causing the switch to overheat, melt and cause a fire.

Nissan gears up to begin selling Mexican-made Note

Mexico City, Jun 5 (EFE).- Japanese automaker Nissan said it would begin selling its Note model, which is being made in Mexico, in the middle of this month, targeting the U.S. and Canadian markets. The Note, a mini MPV launched in 2004, was being made at the plants in Kyushu, Japan, and Sunderland, England. The automaker began manufacturing the model last month at its plant in Aguascalientes, a state in central Mexico.

Nissan, Renault to use common car parts - Nikkei

(Reuters) - Japan's Nissan Motor Co <7201.T> and France-based Renault SA <RENA.PA> plan to use common parts in the production of new versions of the Nissan March and Renault Clio to reduce costs by about 30 percent, the Nikkei said. The common parts in the two models, expected to roll out in 2015, are likely to constitute about half of the total parts used, the Japanese daily said.

Toyota plots China fightback with new, no-frills car

By Norihiko Shirouzu SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> will unveil a new, no-frills entry-level car at the Shanghai auto show later on Saturday, which insiders say could be a make-or-break model for the Japanese firm's future in China, the world's biggest autos market. The car, which has yet to be publicly named, is a key plank in Toyota's fightback strategy in a market where its sales were battered last year in the fallout from a row between Beijing and Tokyo over disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Japan carmakers recall 3.4 million vehicles for Takata airbag flaw

By Yoko Kubota and Ben Klayman TOKYO/DETROIT (Reuters) - Four Japanese automakers, including Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co, are recalling 3.4 million vehicles sold around the world because airbags supplied by Takata Corp are at risk of catching fire or injuring passengers.

Defective Mirage recalled

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