Toyota Motor is recalling over 1.35m cars worldwide largely because of problems with seatbelts although some are being called back because for exhaust faults.

Around 525,000 Vitz (Yaris hatchback), Belta and Ractis vehicles made between January 2005 and April 2008 are being recalled in Japan.

Some 830,000 Vitz and Belta (Yaris sedan) vehicles sold in North America, Europe and other markets, have also been recalled.

The majority of recalls are linked to a seatbelt tensioner that may cause a fire in the case of a collision, the company said.

The problems with the exhausts are down to possible cracks appearing due to heat.

Earlier this month Toyota Motor Sales recalled about 214,500 Lexus vehicles sold in the United States.