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The Toyota Motor Corp. has announced it will recall 2.77 million vehicles due to problems with the vehicles’ steering systems and water pumps. This will be the automaker’s second recall in the past two months, and will affect vehicles located throughout the world. According to an article in The Chicago Tribune, November 14, 2012 while the problems are not severe and will take little time to repair, the fact that the flaws have occurred in a great number of vehicles, such as the Prius hybrid, will make the repairs costly to Toyota.

Thus far, these flaws have not caused any accidents of which Toyota is aware, and the recall is pre-emptive. The steering component that is flawed could be damaged by continued use. Of the vehicles affected by the recall, 630,000 hybrids’ water pumps must be replaced. Both the steering problem and the water pump problem could be found in the same vehicle.

Toyota was bumped from the top-selling automaker spot in 2011 due to problems with unintended acceleration in its vehicles and the company is making an effort to restore customer confidence in its products. In addition to this recall, an extensive recall was announced last month of 7.4 million vehicles to repair power window switches.

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