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Toyota production climbs despite recalls

Despite recalls of nearly 10 million vehicles, Toyota Motor Corporation production is booming.
Despite recalls of nearly 10 million vehicles, Toyota Motor Corporation production is booming.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Production by Toyota Motor Corporation soared more than 80 percent in March
  • Toyota produced 860,534 vehicles in March for an 82.2 percent gain over last year
  • Toyota vehicles have had at least three separate major recalls in the past year
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Tokyo, Japan (CNN) -- Despite the recall of some 10 million vehicles in recent months, production by Toyota Motor Corporation soared more than 80 percent in March compared to year-ago levels, the company reported Monday.

Toyota and its subsidiaries -- Daihatsu and Hino -- produced 860,534 vehicles in March for an 82.2 percent gain. Toyota made up the lion's share of the production numbers, rolling out 773,297 cars, trucks and SUVs -- up 96.7 percent from March 2009.

Toyota cars and trucks have been the subject of at least three separate major recalls in the past year. One was for the "sticky pedal" situation in which gas pedals, as they age, begin to stick in a partially depressed position. Another was for gas pedals that can stick on some floor mats and a third was for braking problems on Toyota Prius hybrid cars.

In the latest recall, Toyota said in mid-April that it will recall about 600,000 Sienna minivans to address potential corrosion on spare tire cables.