Japan's biggest carmaker, Toyota Motor Corp., said today it will recall 578,257 cars in Japan and 34,000 cars sold abroad to replace suspension components free of charge.
The 578,257 being recalled here make this the second-largest recall in Japan since the system was established in 1969. In 1970, 774,000 Toyotas were recalled, and in 1990, 569,811 Toyotas were recalled.
The defective cars in Japan, made between Oct. 1, 1991, and June 8, 1994, are Mark II, Toyota's mainstay luxury model, as well as Chaser, Cresta, Crown Majesta and Aristo models.
Defective cars sold abroad were Lexus GS300 models.
Toyota said the lower ball joint in the front wheels may be dislocated from the knuckle arm due to rough finishing on the surface of some lower ball joints.