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Tuesday, 6th July 2010
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Toyota begins vehicle recall

Troubled Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has begun another vehicle recall which is expected to see it call back more than 90,000 motors.

After being forced to recall millions of cars worldwide following faults with accelerators and floor mats earlier this year, the marque has now expressed concern over the safety of an engine part in some of its Lexus and Crown models.

Initially, around 92,000 cars will be recalled in Japan, but the scheme is set to be rolled out in more nations eventually. Toyota predicted that the final tally could hit some 270,000 cars.

Commenting on the move, Toyota spokesman Paul Nolasco said: "We apologise for inconveniencing our customers. We hope to fix the problem soon."

After the first product recall earlier this year, Toyota came under fierce criticism for its handling of the problems and boss Akio Toyoda was summoned before the US Congress to explain the situation, leading to a public apology from the firm.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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