Toyota has said it will recall 2.7 million cars worldwide because of problems with the steering wheel and water pump system. The recall affects nine models, including the Toyota Corolla and the second-generation Prius.
It comes four weeks after the firm recalled more than seven million vehicles worldwide, including some Corolla and Camry models, over faulty window switches.
Toyota is Japan’s biggest carmaker.
Joichi Tachikawa, a spokesman for Toyota, told the BBC that the problem with the steering wheel was to do with “insufficient hardness of the steering shaft”.
He explained that due to this, the splines which connect the extension shaft to the gearbox may deform if the steering wheel is “frequently and forcefully turned to the full lock position while driving at a very slow speed”.
“This may create an increased backlash and the splines may eventually wear out over time, which could result in loss of steering ability,” he added.
However, Mr Tachikawa said that no accidents due to this fault had been reported so far.
But Toyota’s image as a producer of high quality cars has nevertheless been dented once again.
The latest recall, which includes nearly 75,000 vehicles in the UK, is the latest in a spate of such moves in recent years.
Toyota’s reputation was damaged in 2009 by a recall that ended up involving 12 million vehicles and fines from US regulators.
The Japanese carmaker is still trying to rebuild its reputation and regain customer trust after that fiasco, which saw the firm’s head apologising to consumers.