Toyota to 'Voluntarily' Repair Over 22,000 Compact Cars

Risk of engine failure in Passo compact

Due to a risk of engine failure, Toyota said on May 20 that it would "voluntarily" repair 22,300 compact cars.

The company said the free-of-charge repair would cover the new Passo compact hatchback launched only in Japan in February, as the engine may stall at a slow speed. It did not issue an official recall for the vehicle.

The automaker has decided on the voluntary repair instead of a recall because the problem is not viewed as a potential cause for an accident, a company spokesman said.

On May 19, Toyota announced a plan to recall 11,500 Lexus vehicles worldwide because of a steering system defect after receiving a dozen reports of electrical problems.

Toyota has pulled around 10 million vehicles worldwide since late last year for safety issues and has paid a record $16.4 million fine to settle claims it hid gas pedal defects blamed for more than 50 US deaths.

The beleaguered auto giant also faces a host of lawsuits over "unintended acceleration" issues that prompted the majority of the recalls.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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