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Toyota Bracing Itself to Address Widespread Recall

With recent reports of problems ranging from faulty wiring disabling airbags to computer glitches that unexpectedly shift drivers’ seats, Toyota is under the gun to recall some six million vehicles worldwide.

Toyota, however, is not the only car manufacturer burdened with fixes. They join ranks with General Motors, who missed the deadline to fix issues, and is currently paying $7000 per day in fines to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. At this rate, customers may well be advised to try virtual cars from places like juegos de carros.

The announcement made Wednesday, puts the total number of called back vehicles in the U.S. to almost 13 million to date this year, and close to passing the record set in 2004 of 30.8 million vehicles. In 2012, car manufacturers recalled approximately 22 million vehicles in total, according to the NHTSA.

An analyst with Edmunds.com, Jessica Caldwell stated, “This is really the behavior we want manufacturers to exhibit. It shows that they recognize a product flaw and that they want to correct it to protect the safety of current and future owners.”

The recalls sit on the surface of deeper issues as in-depth investigations ensue on whether or not safety issues and failure to meet certain standards were covered up.

In response to a four-year federal criminal investigation, Toyota agreed to pay $1.2 billion in fines to settle the matter. The investigation stemmed from allegations that Toyota may not have informed regulators about safety complaints made concerning sudden and unintentional acceleration of vehicles. In addition to this settlement, Toyota also paid $66 million in fines to the NHTSA for failure to promptly recall affected vehicles.

On Wednesday, Toyota issued about 6.8 recalls occurring in approximately 6.4 million vehicles, with some vehicles being called in for multiple issues. Globally, recalls include 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe, and other regions. Affected U.S. vehicles total to about 1.8 million.