WASHINGTON Toyota Motor Corp has issued a string of recalls in the U.S. covering 5.6 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles for problems linked to sudden acceleration.
Regulators and the automaker say two safety issues involve gas pedals in some vehicles sticking due to wear and others jamming on floor mats.
Toyota also recalled 1.8 million vehicles in Europe and 75,000 in China over sudden acceleration.
The biggest Toyota recall ever is among the largest in the United States. Following is a breakdown of other major auto-related recalls.
2009 - Ford completed a series of recalls dating 10 years and affecting 14 million vehicles due to faulty cruise control deactivation switch.
1996 - Ford recalls more than 8 million vehicles to replace defective ignition switches that could lead to electrical shorts and engine fires.
1971 - General Motors recalled 6.7 million vehicles due to engine mounts that separated from the vehicle and impacted the throttle.
2001 - Bridgestone Firestone recalled 6.5 million tires as part of defect investigation into rollovers of Ford Explorer sport utility vehicles.
1981 - GM recalled 5.8 million vehicles due to loose suspension bolts that affected steering.
2004 - GM recalled nearly 4 million pickups because of corroding tailgate cables.
(Sources: U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Reuters)
(Reporting by John Crawley; Editing by Bernard Orr)