Toyota has announced yet another massive recall, again for brake-related issues, but this time its different. The recall is not related to the now-supposed unintended acceleration issue, but to a faulty seal on the brake master cylinder. According to a Toyota press release the a small amount of brake fluid could leak out around the seal, causing a loss of brake pressure over time.
In the U.S. the recall affects 740,000 models including Avalon models sold from 2005 through 2006, Highlander (non Hybrid) and Lexus RX330 models sold from 2004 through 2006 and Lexus GS300, IS250, and IS350 models sold in 2006.
Toyota advises that, "If the brake warning lamp has illuminated and the vehicle continues to be operated without refilling the master cylinder brake fluid reservoir, the driver will begin to notice a spongy or soft brake pedal feel and braking performance may gradually decline."
Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by early November and asked to bring their automobile to their nearest Toyota or Lexus dealer for service,
Those with additional questions or concerns are asked to contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-25 LEXUS or 1-800-255-3987, or visit www.toyota.com/recall or www.lexus.com/recall.
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