Toyota Recalls Mount as Automakers Faces More Scrutiny

Toyota Recalls Mount as Automakers Faces More Scrutiny

In this Aug. 2, 2013 file photo, the emblem of a Toyota car shines at Toyota Motor Corp.'s showroom Toyota Mega Web in Tokyo. Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 6.39 million vehicles globally for a variety of problems spanning nearly 30 models in Japan, the U.S., Europe and other places. No injuries or crashes have been reported related to the recalls announced Wednesday, April 9, 2014. But two fires have been reported related to one of the problems, a defective engine starter that can keep the motor running. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)
In this Aug. 2, 2013 file photo, the emblem of a Toyota car shines at Toyota Motor Corp.’s showroom Toyota Mega Web in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye, File)

(Bloomberg) – Toyota Motor Corp. made its fourth global recall involving more than a million vehicles this year, as the world’s largest automaker begins operating with stricter supervision over safety from U.S. regulators.

The carmaker is calling back 1.75 million vehicles, including 759,000 Toyota and Lexus sedans to repair fuel pipes that could leak and raise fire risks. While the automaker may accrue hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for the recall, “the cash risk will be much less” because not all customers will get the repairs, said David Whiston, an equity analyst with Morningstar Inc. in Chicago. The company didn’t provide an estimated cost for the recalls.

“A single initial report cannot identify a trend and rarely prompts a recall,” said Dion Corbett, a spokesman, noting that the first report of a problem with these cars came from the U.S. in June 2010. “When we see what might be a trend and investigate the issue, and when we believe there is a safety-related defect, we begin a recall.”

Automakers are under increasing pressure to hasten their recall process and justify the time lag between learning about potential flaws and calling back cars for fixes.

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