TOKYO - Toyota Motor Corp. has recalled more than half a million pickup and sport utility vehicles in the United States. Toyota said in a statement it was recalling 533,000 Sequoia SUVs and Tundra pickup trucks in the United States. Including Canada and Germany, the total number of vehicles being recalled is 544,000, according to a Toyota spokeswoman. She said the defects had caused a total of 11 accidents and injured six people. "There is a possibility that the front suspension lower ball joint may experience excessive wear and looseness, causing increased steering effort, reduced vehicle self centering and noise in the front suspension," Toyota said in a statement.

The recall covers certain 2004 through early 2007 model Sequoias and 2004 through late 2006 model Tundra vehicles, which were also produced in the United States. The potentially faulty parts will be replaced free of charge in mid-February. The company did not reveal the cost of the recall.