In its latest recall this year, Toyota Motor Corp. has recalled 1.67 million vehicles worldwide over problems with brakes and fuel components.
The recall involves 1 million vehicles in Japan and 615,000 elsewhere in the world, Law360 reports. Fuel delivery pipe problems affect 759,000 vehicles, while 802,000 others have brake problems. In Japan, 190,000 Corolla Rumion and Auris models are being recalled because of faulty emission control components. All of the recalled vehicles in the United States are Lexus sedans with potentially leaky fuel pipes, which could cause the cars to catch fire, a Toyota representative said. The representative said Toyota does not know of any accidents or injuries related to the defects.The fuel delivery pipe problem involves plating used to prevent corrosion in the pipes. Particles in the plating on the surface where the fuel pressure sensor sits could prevent the pipe from sealing effectively, allowing fuel to leak past the gasket, according to Law360. The problem affects Lexus LS, GS and ARE luxury sedans. In 2007-12 Toyota Crown Majesta, Crown, Noah and Voxy models, a rubber seal ring needs to be replaced to prevent brake fluid from leaking.
This year has seen a spate of product safety issues for Toyota. It recalled nearly 700,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because a faulty rear suspension system could damage the fuel tank, leading to fire, Law360 reports. To deal with another potential fire risk, the company recalled about 20,000 Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Sienna, and Lexus RX vehicles to repair a fuel delivery pipe that could leak. A series of April recalls included 6.4 million vehicles with faulty cable assemblies that can deactivate driver’s-side air bags and weak rail springs that can allow seats to shift. In addition, Toyota agreed to pay a $1.2 billion penalty over allegations that it hid two defects that caused Toyota vehicles to accelerate suddenly and unintentionally.