Toyota issues further recall

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Toyota issues further recall

25th October 2010

Toyota has announced a further recall of more than 1.5 million cars worldwide due to apparent brake defects.

The carmaker said the decision affected certain Avalon, Highlander and Lexus models, including 740,000 vehicles in the US, 600,000 in Japan and 17,000 in the UK.

Sam Harmel, a defective product specialist at Fentons Solicitors LLP said: "This latest announcement follows the widely reported recall of more then 10 million Toyota cars in the past year alone. That includes the 1.1 million Corolla and Matrix cars in the US and Canada recalled as recently as August due to potentially faulty engine control systems."

Sam said the problem arises when certain lubricating polymers present in Toyota brake fluid are not used during vehicle maintenance. A rubber seal found at the end of a piston used in the braking system may become dry, which can lead to brake fluid leaking and causing the brake warning light to illuminate.

"If the brake fluid is not replaced and the vehicle continues to be driven," said Sam, "the driver will reportedly notice brake pedals beginning to feel 'spongy' before braking performance gradually declines. The potential for accidents involving cars with faulty braking systems is obviously huge."

Toyota claims that should brake warning lights be triggered, drivers still have another 200 miles to drive before brake performance deteriorates. They state they are unaware of any accidents to date caused by the problem.

The models affected in the UK are some Lexus IS, GS and RX models built between 2003-2005.

The US recall affects 2005-06 Avalon cars, 2004-06 Highlander (non Hybrid) and Lexus RX330 cars, and 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250, and IS350 models.

The recall also affects 33,000 cars in continental Europe, 60,000 in China, 30,000 in Australia and 50,000 in the rest of Asia.

Car-owners will be notified by post early in November, and Toyota will arrange for faulty components to be replaced.

"Toyota has now issued 14 recalls in 2010 alone," said Sam, a partner with the firm. "By taking these precautionary measures - after receiving considerable criticism for their failure to act sooner over accelerator pedal problems earlier this year - they are demonstrating how seriously they take the issue of customer safety."

How can Fentons help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of defective products.

If you or a family member has suffered an injury that was not your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. If you think that you have a case or require further information, contact Fentons on 0800 019 1297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.

Source - BBC