Hyundai issued its second recall on its 2015 Sonata and ordered drivers to park the newly introduced sedan due to a problem with its brakes. At the same time, the pressure on Toyota to do the same with thousands of Camrys is ramping up.
The South Korean automaker is recalling 5,700 Sonatas built from April 25 to June 16 due to a manufacturing error that may cause either or both of the front brake calipers to fracture making it more difficult to stop the car. The fix requires replacement of the faulty brake calipers.
Hyundai recalled the Sonata last month for a faulty wiring harness that could limit the effectiveness of the power steering.
Consumer Reports believes that Toyota should recall 178,000 Camrys built from 2007 to 2011. Right now the automaker is offering to fix the vehicles free-of-charge, but hasn’t issued a recall.
The number of vehicles in the U.S. recalled this year is nearly 45 million and while General Motors is responsible for the majority of those vehicles, Toyota has recalled the second-largest number of recalls this year.
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In fact, Toyota has recalled the most vehicles in four of the last five years for a variety of issues, including faulty airbags, electrical wiring, software, seat components and brakes. It may explain the maker’s reluctance to add one more vehicle to that list. However, the call for the Camry recall is getting louder.
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“Consumer Reports believes that Toyota should recall these cars. What’s at issue here is a series of acknowledged defects in a crucial safety system,” the magazine wrote in a blog post.
The problems with the brakes, according to the magazine, are:
- The brake-fluid reservoir filter can clog. Though the dashboard warning light should illuminate, a clogged filter could mean having to use lots of pressure on the brake pedal to get the car to stop.
- The actuator for the anti-lock brake system might not work. Just like in the case of the other problem, there should be warning lights but if there aren’t, it will take a lot of brake pressure to bring the car to a halt.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigated the problems and declined to order a recall. Toyota began a service campaign for the clogged filters, but it was limited in scope. The Japanese maker extended the car’s warranty from three years to 10 years and 150,000 miles to deal with the actuators.
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“We believe that our actions to address this issue are appropriate, and we are continuing to cooperate with NHTSA in its investigation,” Toyota said in a statement.
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