Japanese automakers Subaru and Toyota are recalling more than 400,000 vehicles because of a valve spring problem that could stall engines and heighten the risk of accidents. Around 80,000 of the vehicles are Toyota, and the rest are Subaru. Of the Subaru vehicles, about 100,000 were sold in Japan.
Subaru models including the Forester, Impreza, and BRZ, manufactured between January 2012 and September 2013, are included in the recall. Also included in the recall are the Subaru-manufactured Toyota 86 sports cars, called as the Scion FR-S, according to Newsweek.
Defects were found in the engines of around 165,000 vehicles, specifically valve springs, which could break and cause the engine to stall. That faulty part, which keeps engine valves closed while fuel is combusted, could lead to accidents or other severe engine damage.
Additionally, Toyota issued an entirely separate recall on its Scion xA vehicles. The company is recalling about 17,000 Scion xA vehicles made between 2004 and 2006 due to an issue with the airbag and its electrical system. An electrical shortage could either deactivate or deploy the airbag system.
Earlier in September, Toyota recalled more than a million Prius hybrids because of a possible software glitch that could cause a crash. It is one of the largest recalls ever for Toyota, aside from the Takata airbag recalls that have impacted numerous major automakers and millions of vehicles worldwide.