Toyota recalls 1.6 million cars from Japan over leaks
By MATTHEW STOLLAR, Associated Press WriterSANTA FE, N.M. (AP) Toyota has recalled more than 1.4 million vehicles from Japan after overheating coolant that leaked from the air-conditioning systems of cars.
The company said Thursday that about 1.5 million vehicles are still at risk.
It says there were no injuries or deaths.
Toyota says the issue was discovered in September and that the leak was contained before March 31.
The problem occurred when the coolant leaked from a vent at the rear of a vehicle, Toyota said.
The vehicle was equipped with a vent-sleeve cooling system that protects the air from being blown into the interior of the car.
The cars were manufactured between 2005 and 2007.
Toyotas chief financial officer Hiroshi Yamaguchi said Thursday the company is testing and investigating the cause of the problem.
The company said it is working to resolve the issue and expects to issue an updated recall once the investigation is complete.
The Japanese automaker is also investigating whether the problem could have been caused by a defect in the air conditioner.