During an announcement that came to the United States early Thursday morning would affect about 740,000 cars in the United States and 599,000 in Japan. The remaining vehicles are located throughout Europe and other world markets.
This is just the latest recall for the world’s number one automobile manufacturer. Over this past year Toyota has had to recall more than 10 million vehicles from around the world. Earlier this year there were problems with faulty gas pedals and floor mats. There were also braking problems with its very popular Prius hybrid. Back in August the car manufacturer had to recall 1.33 million Corolla and Matrix cars in North America because of engine-stall issues.
Toyota recall is due to a problem within the brake master cylinder
The most recent problem seems to be centered around the vehicle’s brake master cylinder. The issues can lead to a weaker braking power for the vehicles, making the car harder to stop. Some of the vehicles also have electrical problems with their fuel pump but that issue seems centered primarily around vehicles sold in Japan. The fuel pump issue might cause engines to stall.
So far there have been no accidents reported due to either issue. During the problems with the stuck accelerators earlier this year there were reports of accidents and more than a few frightened motorists.
Toyota faced very harsh criticism earlier this year with the way in which it handled the stuck-accelerator issue. Many accused the manufacturer or covering up real reports of accidents, acting too slowly or just outright denying that the problem existed. At one point Toyota executives even blamed the incidents on drivers.
Some experts say that Toyota seems to have learned from that bad blood and bad publicity. This time they seem to have reacted very quickly, initiating the recall as soon as reports started coming in that there was a problem.
In the United States the models affected by this recall include the 2005 and 2006 Avalon and the 2004 through 2006 non-hybrid Highlander. It also affects the Lexus Rx330, 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250 and IS350.