China's government said that Toyota will recall about 75,000 RAV4s sold between 2009 and 2010. Toyota has not confirmed whether the RAV4s affected were assembled at the automaker's Canadian assembly plant or in Japan.
"Toyota will implement a recall in Europe for this matter," the automaker's United Kingdom office said in a statement.
Toyota has not specified just which or how many European-market models will be affected, although it said that a "running change in production using different parts has already been implemented model-by-model in the European production."
"We want to get the message out that there will be a recall but data is still being collated as to which exact models and exact number of cars," a spokesman told London's The Times.