Toyota has announced another recall, this time involving more than 1.5 million vehicles worldwide, for problems with brake fluid and fuel pumps. The recall will affect 740,000 cars in the United States. Models affected by the recall in the U.S. include the 2005 and 2006 Avalon, 2004 through 2006 non-hybrid Highlander and Lexus RX330, and 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250 and IS350 vehicles. According to a news release from the company’s U.S. headquarters in California, brake fluid can slowly leak from the master brake cylinder, causing the brake warning lamp to illuminate.
This is the latest in a long line of recalls over the past year for the automaker. Toyota has recalled more than 10 million vehicles worldwide for a variety of problems ranging from faulty floor mats to faulty gas pedals and brake problems in other vehicles.
The most widely publicized and most serious problem with Toyota vehicles is the issue of sudden unintended acceleration (SUA), where the car suddenly speeds out of control and drivers are unable to stop by applying the brakes. Toyota has maintained that problems with SUA were the result of improperly installed floormats or simply driver error, but experts say the problem is more serious, rooted in the car’s electrical system.
Thousands of Toyota SUA lawsuits have been consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California under Judge James V. Selna. Beasley Allen attorney W. Daniel “Dee” Miles, III, head of the firm’s Consumer Fraud section, is serving on the Liaison Committee for personal injury and wrongful death in this multidistrict litigation (MDL).
For this latest recall, Toyota will notifiy owners by mail if their vehicle is included, and will make repairs at no cost to owners.