Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday that it is recalling all vehicles it sells in North America with a steering wheel defect that may have caused them to fail to start properly.
The recall covers about 7 million vehicles.
The cars are sold in more than 20 countries and include all-wheel drive models, including the Toyota Camry and Lexus RX500.
Toyota said it expects to receive a total of about 3.7 million recall notices this year.
The defect occurred when a component on the vehicle’s steering wheel was exposed, according to Toyota.
It has caused the steering wheel to move, which can cause the car to stop.
In some cases, the defect can result in the car going into a sudden stop and in some cases the steering could move and cause the vehicle to accelerate and roll.
The car maker said it was aware of at least six reports of the defect and was working to determine the cause.
Toyota issued a notice of recall late Friday.
The automaker said it had no immediate plans to offer the affected vehicles in North American markets.
Toyota did not provide a date for when the recall will be completed.
The problem has affected about 3 million vehicles in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Toyota has said it will offer free recalls on some of its cars to address the problem.
Toyota is also recalling 1.2 million vehicles from other parts of the company’s global operations.
It said the recalls are related to the same steering wheel issue, and that it was investigating whether there were any other vehicles that might have been affected.
The company did not say how many of the vehicles affected are older models.
Toyota also said it would offer free car and home loan services in the United States to customers with a car or home financing account and that the company was working with consumers to find out if the affected customers needed to repay their loans.