Toyota recalls 6.4 million vehicles for five separate defects

BY Ellen Rolfes  April 9, 2014 at 2:58 PM EST
After getting hit with a $1.2 million fine for its mishandling of safety issues in 2009 and 2010, Toyota is learning to be more proactive about customers' safety.  Photo by Michael Brunk/Flickr

After getting hit with a $1.2 million fine for its mishandling of safety issues in 2009 and 2010, Toyota is taking proactive measures to its latest recalls. Photo by Michael Brunk/Flickr

Toyota announced a recall of 6.4 million vehicles globally, including 1.77 million of its vehicles in the U.S., for five potential safety faults. Only two of the flaws, USA Today reports, apply to U.S. models.

Automobile recalls may be on the uptick because automakers want to be proactive in order to avoid government scrutiny similar to that which GM currently faces for not disclosing its cars’ defects quick enough.

Toyota itself just came to a $1.2 million settlement with the Department of Justice in March, which found fault in how the company handled safety problems with their vehicles from 2009 to 2010.