Toyota Ireland has said it is recalling 8,430 cars here as part of a worldwide recall.

The company said it was recalling 6.39 million vehicles worldwide for five different problems, marking another blow for the world's largest car maker whose reputation for quality and safety has been dented in recent years.

Among the problems are a driver's seat defect and steering column problems.

An engine starter glitch that poses a fire risk is also a problem for vehicles in Japan only, the company said.

Toyota Ireland said that it is introducing voluntary recalls for 4,937 of its Toyota Hilux and RAV4 models manufactured between June 2004 and December 2010 due to possible faults with the vehicles' spiral case assembly.

It is also recalling 3,475 Yaris and Urban Cruiser models made between January 2005 and August 2010 due to possible problems with the seat rail spring.

Nineteen Urban Cruisers and nine Yaris T-Sport vehicles are also being recalled in Ireland due to possible problems with the steering column bracket.

Toyota Ireland stressed that there have been no reports worldwide of any accidents or injuries related to these issues. It said it would write directly to the owners of the cars involved in the recall to arrange to have their vehicles inspected. 

The company added that if any Toyota owner has a query, they can contact their local dealer or Toyota Ireland at 01-4190222.

The Toyota group said that the vehicles, produced over the past decade, include 1.08 million in Japan, 2.3 million in North America, about 770,000 in Europe and another 62,000 in China.

In October 2012, Toyota announced a global recall of 7.43 million vehicles, including its popular Camry and Corolla models, over a possible fire risk, while in February it recalled 1.9 million of its signature Prius hybrid cars.