Brakes, Fuel Issues Prompt Toyota to Recall 1.7 Million CarsOct 21, 2014
Toyota is recalling 1.67 million vehicles worldwide due to several safety issues. According to Law360, Toyota cited 759,000 cars with faulty fuel delivery pipes and 802,000 with defective brakes. Roughly 1 million recalled vehicles are in Japan, while another 615,000 are located elsewhere. In addition, faulty emission control components have prompted a recall of 190,000 Corolla Rumion and Auris models in Japan.
In the United States, the recall affects 423,000 Lexus sedans that may have leaky fuel pipes; a Toyota representative told Law360 that the faulty pipes can increase the odds of the car catching on fire. The issue is related to a plating intended to stop corrosion. The plating may have been produced with particles on its seating surface, which is where the fuel pressure sensor is located; this can cause the gasket between the pressure sensor and the pipe to have a poor seal. As a result, fuel can leak past the gasket while the car is running.
The automaker has discovered brake problems with the Crown Majesta, Crown, Noah and Voxy models manufactured between 2007 and 2012. The issue is related to a rubber seal ring used to stop brake fluid from leaking.
Toyota has faced a number of safety issues this year, Law360 reports. Some 690,000 Tacoma pickup trucks are being recalled due to fears that the defective rear suspension systems could lead to leaky fuel tanks, the company announced last month. There was also a recall affected roughly 20,000 Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Sienna and Lexus RX vehicles due to the risk of a leaky fuel delivery pipe and subsequent ignition. The automaker also recalled 6.4 million cars in April. The recall was issued over weak springs that can cause the seats to shift, as well as potentially deactivated driver's-side air bags due to cable assemblies.
Toyota has also been in the midst of litigation over safety concerns. Regulators and lawmakers alleged that the company hid two defects from consumers that cause vehicles to accelerate unexpectedly. Toyota agreed to pay a $1.2 billion penalty in connection with these allegations in March.