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Daihatsu is the latest Japanese carmaker to issue a recall, affecting 274,551 vehicles. The company, a subsidiary of beleaguered Toyota, announced the recall yesterday amid fears of several possible defects affecting its Hijet and Atrai wagon models. Potential issues include loose or missing suspension bolts, loose fuel hoses and defective brake lights. Toyota, which owns a 51 per cent share in Daihatsu, is continuing its recall of 8.5m of its cars around the world. Toyota’s recalls centre on problems with sudden acceleration in some vehicles and weak brakes. It is the largest ever recall for Toyota and among the biggest for a carmaker in history.