Toyota Motor Corp. has also recalled 1.67 million vehicles globally after it identified three defects that make the cars unsafe to drive without repairs, including faulty brakes and fuel components. The company says it isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries related to the defects, which affect just over 1 million vehicles in Japan and another 615,000 in other areas of world.
The automaker has identified 759,000 total vehicles globally that had problems with their fuel delivery pipes and 802,000 with brake issues, according to Toyota. Additionally, 190,000 Corolla Rumion and Auris models in Japan will be recalled because of faulty emission control components. Of the recalls announced on Oct. 1, 423,000 affect car buyers in the United States. All of those are Lexus sedans that have potentially leaky fuel pipes, which can increase the cars’ chances of catching fire.
The fuel delivery pipe problems stem from a plating used to prevent corrosion that may have been produced with particles on its seating surface where the fuel pressure sensor is. When this occurs, the gasket between the pressure sensor and the pipe will not seal effectively and when the car is running fuel could leak past the gasket. U.S. customers with impacted Lexus LS, GS and IS luxury sedans will receive a notification from the company and Lexus dealers will repair the fuel delivery pipes that are at issue, the company said.
Brake problems were identified in Toyota Crown Majesta, Crown, Noah and Voxy models manufactured between 2007 and 2012 and involve a rubber seal ring that the manufacturer has said it will replace to prevent brake fluid from leaking. The recalls announced on Oct. 15 are the latest in a spate of product safety issues Toyota has faced this year.
The automaker had previously announced plans to recall about 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks over concerns that faulty rear suspension systems could cause fuel tank leaks and potentially lead to fires and about 20,000 Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Sienna and Lexus RX vehicles over fears that the fuel delivery pipe in the engine compartment could leak and potentially increase the risk of fires. In April, Toyota issued recalls covering 6.4 million vehicles worldwide over cable assemblies that can deactivate driver’s-side air bags and weak rail springs that can allow seats to shift.
The carmaker has faced litigation for hiding defects from its customers. In March, it agreed to pay a record $1.2 billion penalty in connection with criminal allegations that it hid two defects from consumers, regulators and lawmakers that caused vehicles to accelerate suddenly and unintentionally. Our firm was actively involved in the civil litigation that led to the criminal fine.
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