In yet another blow to its reputation for quality and safety, Toyota on April 9 recalled 6.39 million vehicles worldwide for 5 different problems. The vehicles affected include the Corolla sedan, the RAV4 sport utility vehicle and Yaris subcompact. The vehicles, made over the past decade, include 1.08 million in Japan, 2.3 million in North America, about 770,000 in Europe and 62,000 in China, Toyota said. Despite record sales and bumper profits, Toyota has been fighting to protect its brand after millions of earlier recalls and in the wake of a $1.2-billion settlement last month to settle US criminal charges.
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