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Toyota recalls 533000 SUVs and pickups; Honda recalls 81000 Accords

• Toyota Motor (TM) plans to recall about 533,000 Sequoia SUVs and Tundra pickups in the United States to repair faulty components that could make the vehicles hard to steer.

Six injuries and 11 accidents were reported as a result of the defect, Japan's top automaker said Friday.

Toyota, on its way to becoming the world's biggest automaker ahead of General Motors (GM) , has vowed to step up its quality efforts after a rise in vehicle recalls and increased scrutiny from Japanese media over quality issues.

The latest recall covers certain 2004 to 2007 model year Sequoias and 2004 to 2006 model year Tundras, both built at Toyota's Indiana plant, the automaker's U.S. sales unit said in a statement.

Toyota last year recalled more than a million vehicles in Japan and 760,000 units in the United States, but the publicity has done little to hurt it. Toyota boosted its global sales by 9% in 2006, fueled largely by a 13% jump in sales in the United States.

Toyota and its premium Lexus brand are perennial outperformers in the closely watched J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey in the United States, although the Toyota brand ranked second among non-premium brands in 2006, behind South Korea's Hyundai Motor.

"Toyota has a lot of goodwill built up," said Christopher Richter, an auto analyst at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets, adding that recall numbers would naturally rise with an increase in vehicles sold.

Recalls have also been on the rise across the industry as carmakers use common components on various models to save costs. The Tundra and Sequoia share most of their components.

Toyota will notify owners starting in mid-February and repair the defective front suspension lower ball joints free of charge.

• Honda Motor (HMC) is recalling 81,000 Accord sedans in the United States because of faulty wiring in an airbag sensor on the driver's side, U.S. regulators said Friday.

A failure of the sensor causes the airbag system to default to the fully deployed position, regardless of the seat position, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on its website.

Full deployment of the driver's airbag can increase the risk of injury for smaller drivers in a frontal crash, the NHTSA said.

The vehicles involved in the recall are from the 2004-2005 model years.

The midsize Accord sedan is the Japanese automaker's top selling model in the U.S. market. The company sold more than 350,000 vehicles last year.

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Toyota recalls 533000 SUVs and pickups; Honda recalls 81000 Accords
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