Toyota recalls 470,000 vehicles in Japan

Toyota has recalled 470,000 vehicles in Japan. Although none were exported, the news comes on the heels of Consumer Reports bumping the automaker from its top reliability spot just yesterday. The recall is due to engine, steering and motor problems and covers several models. Toyota is aiming to sell 10.4 million vehicles next year, but it appears that its ambitious goal could come at the cost of reliable automobiles.

Toyota's Crown sedan -- model years 1999 through 2004 -- was recalled due to an engine problem which could lead to a fuel leak.

Also recalled was the 2003-2005 Toyota Vitz for a defective fuel pump that could cause the engine to stall and not restart.

In addition, Toyota recalled all of its bB vehicles sold between January of last year and March of this year for a bolt connecting the steering shaft with the gear box wasn't properly tightened, possibly causing uncontrollable steering.

Toyota failed to comment on how much the recalls would cost the company.