Toyota formally issued a recall filing of 223,068 cars in Japan across four hybrid models -- the newest Prius model, the Prius PHV (plug-in hybrid), the SAI and the Lexus HS250h.
Of those, 199,666 are the Prius, Japan's top-selling car in 2009 and the world's most popular hybrid model.
Outside Japan, Toyota will recall about 213,000 hybrid cars, including about 150,000 in North America, the document, which has not been made public, showed.
Japan's transport ministry said Toyota President Akio Toyoda would meet with Minister Seiji Maehara at 5:30 p.m. (0830 GMT), when he is expected to apologize for a series of recalls spanning the globe.
(Reporting by Nobuhiro Kubo)