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UPDATE: Toyota SA responds to global recall

2014-10-15 10:39

ANOTHER RECALL: Toyota has announced another global recall on its cars due to brake problems and other issues.Image: Quickpic

TOKYO, Japan - Toyota/Lexus is recalling 1.75-million vehicles globally to fix brake and other problems that pose fire risk, the latest in a string of call-backs by the world's most prolific automaker.

The Japanese giant pointed to three problems in several models, among them its luxury Lexus brand.

One is an improperly shaped brake-system part that could change the "feel" of the brake pedal over time - a problem that affects 802 000 vehicles, mostly in Japan and China.

Toyota South Africa has said: A range of Lexus products will be affected by this special service campaign, involving the fuel-pressure sensor. These vehicles include: IS250, IS250C, IS-F, GS300, GS450h, LC460 and LS600h (built between 2007/08/22 - 2010/06/23). Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by a dealer to bring them in for corrective repairs.

RISK OF FIRE

Toyota said in an email: "The brake does not become ineffective, but brake performance could begin to gradually degrade."

A separate issue involving the fuel delivery pipe on 759 000 vehicles, among them several Lexus models, could increase the risk of a fire "in the presence of an ignition source". More than half of the affected cars were sold in the US.

A problem with 109 000 cars in Japan has been linked to the "fuel-suction plate" also poses a fire risk.

"Toyota is not aware of any fires, crashes, injuries, or fatalities" linked to the problems, it added.

The announcement comes about four months (June 2014) after Toyota recalled 2.27-million vehicles globally because of a defect that could see airbags fail to deploy in a crash and which also posed a fire risk.

The automaker has recalled almost 11-million vehicles since the start of the 2014, dealing another blow to its once-stellar reputation for quality and safety.

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