There is yet another big product recall today as Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 1.53 million Avalon, Lexus, and several other models for faulty fuel pumps and issues regarding braking fluid. The Toyota recall is the most recent in a plethora of quality challenges for the world’s number one auto-maker.
Toyota has announced that it is recalling about 740,000 vehicles in the U.S. and about 599,000 in Japan. The remainder of the affected vehicles are in Europe and various other regions around the world.
Over the past year or so, Toyota has recalled more than ten million cars globally for a spate of issues, including everything from errant brakes in the Prius hybrid, to defective accelerator pedals and floor mats that could possibly get stuck underneath gas pedals. As recently as August of this year, Toyota recalled 1.33 million Corollas and Matrix vehicles in North America due to the possibility of engine stalling. Toyota also recalled 3.8 million vehicles in September 2009.
Most of the vehicles affect by this Toyota recall need repairs for a problem with the brake master cyclinder, which could attenuate braking strength, according to Paul Nolasco, a Tokyo spokesperson for Toyota.
Certain vehicles in Japan and a few other areas (but not here in the U.S.) have an electrical problem with the vehicles’ fuel pumps, which could lead to stalling, according to Nolasco.
Thus far, there have not been any accidents resulting from the two problems, according to Toyota.
Here in the U.S., the vehicles affected are the 2005 and 2006 Avalon; the 2004-2006 non-hybrid version of the Highlander SUV; and the Lexus RX330, 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250, and IS350 models, the automaker stated in an official press release.
That press release indicated that a small amount of brake fluid could slowly seep from the brake master cylinder, causing the brake warning lamp to illuminate.
For more, read the full press release here.
- Toyota recalls 740,000 U.S. vehicles for brake problem (money.cnn.com)
- Toyota Recalling 1.53 Million Cars Globally (foxnews.com)
- Toyota recalling 1.53 million cars globally (usatoday.com)