Toyota announced it is recalling 1.75 million vehicles globally over brake problems and other glitches that posed a fire risk, marking the latest in a string of call backs by the world’s biggest automaker.
The Japanese giant pointed to three problems in several models including its luxury Lexus brand and upmarket Crown Majesta (not sold in our market).
Among the issues was an improperly shaped part in the braking system that could lead to a change in the “feel” of the brake pedal over time — a problem that affected 802,000 vehicles, mostly in Japan and China, produced between June 2007 and June 2012.
“The brake does not become ineffective, but brake performance could begin to gradually degrade,” Toyota said in an email. A separate issue involving the fuel delivery pipe on 759,000 vehicles, including Lexus models and Crown Majesta made between January 2005 and September 2010, could increase the risk of a fire “in the presence of an ignition source“.
More than half of the affected cars were sold in the United States. A problem with 109,000 cars in Japan linked to the fuel-suction plate also posed a fire risk, the firm said. The affected cars were made between October 2006 and October 2014.
“Toyota is not aware of any fires, crashes, injuries, or fatalities” linked to the problems, it added. The announcement comes about four months after Toyota recalled 2.27 million vehicles globally over a defect that could see airbags fail to deploy in a crash and which also posed a fire risk.
The automaker has recalled almost 11 million vehicles since the start of the year, dealing another blow to its once-stellar reputation for quality and safety. Among the announcements was the February recall of 1.9 million units of Toyota’s signature Prius hybrid cars.
According to Mary Willemse, senior manager of corporate communications at Toyota SA, our market is affected by the campaign. Vehicles affected are the Lexus IS250, IS250C, IS-F, GS300, GS450h, LC460 and LS600h built between 2007/08/22 and 2010/06/23. In total 2972 units will be recalled
“Customers will be contacted by the dealership to bring affected vehicles in for corrective repairs,” Willemse said.