SEOUL, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- Sales of vehicles produced by Toyota Motor Corp. tumbled in January compared with a month earlier, while the world's biggest automaker faces massive global recalls of millions of cars with faulty accelerators, industry data showed Thursday.
A total of 441 Toyota vehicles were sold in South Korea last month, sharply down from 660 vehicles sold in December last year, while the sales of its Lexus brand also plummeted from 320 units in January compared with 508 a month earlier, according to the Korea Automobile Importers & Distributors Association (KAIDA).
Despite falling sales of Toyota vehicles, overall sales of imported cars last month increased from a month ago, which the association attributed partly to improving consumer sentiment amid rebounding domestic economy.
The KAIDA declined to comment on the relations between the drop in sales figures and the ongoing worldwide recalls.
On Wednesday, South Korea decided to issue recalls for 444 Toyota vehicles, most of them parallel-imported or brought in from overseas by individuals, due to faulty gas pedals and floor mats.
While Toyota vehicles sold here have different types of accelerators and floor mats from the ones found to be defective in the United States and Canada, the government will further test Toyota models in South Korea to find potential defects, according to Seoul's Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs.