Problems with leaky brake lines and faulty fuel pumps have led Toyota Motor Co. to announce the recall of 1.53 million vehicles worldwide.
The latest safety problems come as a severe setback to a company where a senior U.S. official had, only a week before suggested that Toyota had finally put its problems “behind us,” and was working to rebuild its reputation for building high-quality, safe and reliable vehicles.
In all, the maker now has recalled more than 10 million vehicles worldwide, starting with an October 2010 callback – the first of two – to address a so-called “sudden acceleration” problem that could cause the maker’s vehicles to unexpectedly race out of control.
In all, about 740,000 vehicles will be recalled in the U.S., under the latest safety action, due to a leaky master brake cylinder. As fluid slowly leaks out it can cause the brake warning light on the dashboard to illuminate, the company said.
The latest recall involves a variety of models sold in the U.S., including: the 2005 and 2006 Avalon, 2004 through 2006 non-hybrid Highlander and Lexus RX330, and 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250, and IS350.
Customers will be notified in the coming weeks and asked to bring their vehicles back to Toyota or Lexus dealers for no-cost repairs.