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SA escapes Lexus, Hilux, RAV4 recall

2014-02-17 07:25

ANOTHER RECALL HITS TOYOTA US: Toyota is recalling 261 114 Lexus and Toyota brand vehicles in the US to check their brakes. Image: TOYOTA

DETROIT, Michigan - Toyota is recalling 261 114 Lexus and Toyota brand vehicles in the US because various safety systems, among them stability control and anti-lock brakes, could stop working.

The automaker is recalling vehicles from model years 2012 and 2013 because documents filed with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say an electrical component in the brake actuator which adjusts brake-fluid pressure to each wheel might experience increased resistance,

That could lead to reduced vehicle control and an increased risk of a crash as various safety systems, including traction control, become inoperative. US Toyota officials could not immediately be reached to comment.

 NOT ALL SOLD IN US

Included in the the recall are 54 010 Lexus RX350 crossovers and 100 052 Toyota Tacoma pick-ups (Hilux in SA) from model years 2012 and 2013 and 107 052 RAV4 SUV's assembled in 2012.

Not all of the recalled vehicles were sold in the US - but Toyota SA says its products are sourced elsewhere than the US so are not affected. Toyota and Lexus dealers in other countries will have to update the software for the skid-control electronic unit free of charge, according to the NHTSA documents.

Toyota also recalled all 1.9-million of the third-generation Prius sold worldwide due to a programming glitch in their hybrid system.
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