By Sean McLain
TOKYO-- Toyota Motor Corp. and Subaru Corp. said they would recall more than 400,000 vehicles world-wide to repair a faulty engine part that could cause a car to stall while driving.
The recall affects some of Subaru's most popular models, like the Forester sport-utility vehicle and Impreza, as well as the BRZ sports car. Toyota is recalling the Subaru-made 86 and Scion FR-S sports car.
On Thursday, the car makers said springs in the engine valve could fracture and cause the vehicles to stall, risking an accident. These springs keep engine valves closed during the fuel combustion process. When they fail, it can cause severe damage to the engine.
Toyota said its vehicles accounted for about 80,000 of the total. In the U.S., Toyota is recalling about 25,000 Scion FR-S cars manufactured between March 2012 and July 2013. The recalled Subaru vehicles were made between January 2012 and September 2013. Subaru said 101,000 of the recalled vehicles were sold in Japan. A company spokesman declined to say how many vehicles were being recalled in the U.S.
Last week, Subaru cut its operating profit expectations for the first six months of the Japanese financial year, which ends in March. The company now expects operating profit of 61 billion yen ($541 million) for the April to September period, a reduction of 49 billion yen from its prior projection. The Subaru spokesman said the majority of the reduction is due to this recall.
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