Toyota recalls 2.77 million vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp says it's recalling 2.77 million vehicles across the world for a steering shaft defect that may result in faulty steering and a water pump problem.

Japan's top carmaker said no accidents have been reported related to these two problems announced Wednesday.

The steering issue could cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle, while the water pump problem could render it inoperable.

Some 1.51 million vehicles are being recalled for the steering defect in Japan and 1.25 million vehicles abroad, including 670,000 in the US.

Affected models include the Prius hybrid, Corolla, Wish and other models produced in Japan from 2000 to last year, and from 2000 to 2009 overseas.

Toyota is also recalling 630,000 vehicles spanning five hybrid models, including the Prius, for a defective water pump.

Last month, Toyota had a recall for faulty power-window switches.

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