October 21, 2010
Toyota said Thursday it is recalling 1.53 million cars—Lexus, Avalon and other models—mostly in the United States and Japan for brake-fluid and fuel-pump problems. The recall affects about 740,000 cars in the United States and 599,000 in Japan. The remainder of the vehicles is in Europe and other markets around the world.
Over the past year, the world’s biggest automaker has recalled more than 10 million cars and trucks worldwide for a variety of problems, including sticky accelerator pedals, dealing a major blow to its reputation for quality. The majority of vehicles need to be fixed for a problem with the brake master cylinder, which could lead to weaker braking power, said spokesman Paul Nolasco in Tokyo.
Some of the models in Japan have an electrical problem with the fuel pump, which could lead the engine to stall. No accidents have been reported from the two problems, Nolasco said. Vehicle owners in the United States will be notified by mail beginning early next month. Toyota and Lexus dealers will replace the brake master cylinder cup with a newly designed one at no charge to the vehicle owners, the company said.