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Toyota Motor Corp. will recall about 210,000 Land Cruiser Prados worldwide due to an axle problem, the automaker said Tuesday.

About 100,000 vehicles will be recalled in Japan, along with nearly 110,000 overseas, mainly in Australia, Europe and China, according to company spokesman Paul Nolasco.

The vehicles were built between April 1996 and January 1999, the company said in a statement.

The company said the rear axle of the SUV may crack if it is repeatedly driven on rough roads at high speed, possibly causing a wheel to fall off.

There have been three reported cases of problems with the Prado, but no one has been injured, Nolasco said.