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Toyota Recall Focuses On Brake Pipe

Oct 1, 2002 | AP

Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it was recalling 397,263 subcompact and minicar vehicles exported to the United States, Europe and Canada because of improperly designed brake fluid pipes.

An improper design of the rear brake pipe may cause brake fluid to leak when its exterior is scratched by ice stuck inside the rear wheel while driving on a snowy road, a Toyota spokeswoman Shino Yamada said. She said the problem surfaced when a fluid leak was reported by a user in northern Europe.

The company has received no reports of related accidents, Yamada said.

The recall affects 165,897 subcompact Yaris, manufactured from October 2000 to April this year and exported to Britain and other European markets, as well as 48,568 Echo minicars, made between July 2001 and April this year and sold in the United States and Canada.

Toyota is also recalling Will Vi, Funcargo, bB minicar models, all produced from October 2000 through April 2002.

Separately, the company recalled 24,279 trucks, produced September 1999 and June this year and sold domestically, because of a faulty steering wheel, Yamada said.

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