Problems Continue for Toyota: Over 1.5 Million Cars to be Recalled
October 21, 2010
(ChattahBox Business News) – Toyota has announced the recall of more than 1.5 million vehicles worldwide as a result of brake and fuel pump defects. The recall consists of more than 740,000 cars in the US, 600,000 in Japan and 17,000 in the UK. This comes only months after heavy media coverage of many Toyota vehicles being recalled for having faulty accelerators.
According to the BBC News, the company wants to ensure that fluid does not leak from the master cylinder, causing the warning light to turn on. Toyota says that the fault in the design could cause braking performance to gradually decline.
Those who see the brake warning light come on, have about 200 miles to seek help and repair before there is a noticeable difference in stopping power.
The recall in the US affects 2005-2006 Avalon cars, non-hybrid 2004-2006 Highlanders and Lexus RX330 cars, and 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250, and IS350. The UK models affected are some Lexus IS, GS, and RX models built between 2003 and 2005. More information on the specifics of the models can be found in the original press release issued by Toyota.
Although this problem has been found on a number of models, no deaths have been reported. Car owners will be notified in early November and the manufacturer will replace the brake master cylinder with a newly designed and improved model. With the recent recalls taking place in the past year including faulty accelerators and engine control systems, Toyota has now issued 14 recalls in 2010.
The latest recall follows harsh criticism for not acting sooner over faulty accelerators which led to a number of deaths and a $16 million fine by US authorities.