Toyota recalls nearly 1 million vehicles in US over recall
Toyota recalled more than 1 million cars and trucks in the United States on Wednesday over concerns that the vehicles contain faulty software.
Toyota is the latest automaker to recall vehicles over software problems that could affect vehicles built in 2017 and later.
The automaker has recalled 2.3 million vehicles since March 2, the latest such recall to hit the U.S. since the start of the year, and the latest for a Toyota vehicle since January.
The recall was announced by Toyota’s president, Akio Toyoda, at the New York auto show, but he did not say when the cars were being recalled.
“We’re making a decision to take these cars off the road and to get them tested by independent third-party labs,” he said.
Toyotas U.K.-based U.N. agency, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said it had received reports of the software in the vehicles.
It has not confirmed the reports of widespread software problems.
Toyotsu said it is continuing to investigate the problem and will release a decision within three to four days.
“Our primary concern is the safety of our customers,” Toyota said in a statement.
“It is very important that our customers receive all possible assistance, including assistance to obtain the vehicles and test them.”
Toyota says that it has identified 1,038 people affected by the recall.
In addition to the 1.5 million vehicles, the automaker said it will recall 2.2 million other vehicles in the U., and 4.5 percent of its total fleet.
The cars affected in the UK include the Scion iQ, Toyota Yaris, Yaris Hybrid, Lexus NX and Lexus RX.
Toycotaxas shares closed down 4.4 percent, to $56.80.
The shares have risen nearly 5 percent this year as the automakers stock market struggles.