Japanese car giant Toyota has emerged as the latest proof that lightning does strike twice after being forced to issue a second major product recall in as many months.
The embarrassing move was prompted by the discovery of faults in the steering wheel and water system of nine Toyota models and necessitates the recall of 2.7m vehicles.
Cars affected include the Toyota Corolla and second generation Prius and follows the recall of 7m vehicles worldwide just four weeks ago.
Informing the BBC of the nature of the problem Toyota spokesman Joichi Tachikawa said there was ‘insufficient hardness of the steering shaft’ a defect which could lead to deformation of connections between the wheel and gearbox in instances of violent steering at low speed.
No reported accidents have been registered as a result of the fault with the recall instead being issued as a precautionary meaure.
Toyota is no stranger to product recalls, famously being subject to a 2009 recall of 12m vehicles which seriously dented its reputation for quality.