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Toyota Launches New Safety Recalls; 6.4 Million Vehicles

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With five different safety hazards, it is one of the biggest recalls in automotive history.

The defects are in more than 27 Toyota models, including the Toyota Highlander, the 2009 and 2010 Matrix, and the Toyota Rav4. The company says some models affected could have more than one defect.

The biggest recall on the list, is for a faulty module cable. When damaged, the driver side airbag can deactivate and not deploy on impact.

Other recalls on the list include replacing faulty driver seat-rails that hold a passenger in place, and damaged steering columns that can loosen when the wheel is turned.

The announcement comes just month after the company agreed to a $1.2 billion settlement in connection with how it handled problems related to sudden acceleration that were linked to at least 13 deaths.

"Toyota Motor Corporation is in that position because it cared more about savings than safety...because it cared more about its own brand, and the bottom line than the truth," says U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

Since then, the company agreed to be monitored by a third party, to improve its safety reporting process. It's unclear if the recent recalls are related, but analysts expect the problems could cost the company close to $600 million to fix.

The company has publicly apologized for the inconvenience. Toyota said they are "not aware of any injuries at this time, but that they are currently preparing the remedy for the condition."

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