Toyota Korea Recalls 12,500 Cars

Toyota is recalling 12,579 vehicles from the Korean market due to the risk of fire hazards and speed issues. The move affects seven models.

"Some 5,232 vehicles spanning six models including the Camry were found to have used highly inflammable materials near their heated seats, so they will be recalled and [the dangerous materials] replaced," said an official from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The affected cars include 3,260 Camrys, 920 Camry Hybrids, 182 Camry V6s, 150 Avalons, 599 Sienna 2WDs and 121 Sienna 4WDs made in the U.S. from Nov. 2012 to this January.

A defective system control program was also found in a number of Prius Hybrids, which could cause the cars to slow down or stop abruptly without being commanded to do so.

A total of 7,347 units of the model made in Japan from Feb. 2009 to early this month are to be recalled. Owners can receive free repairs at nearby Toyota service centers.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 26, 2014 09:39 KST