Toyota Announces Recall of 261,000 Vehicles for Braking Problem

By on February 14, 2014
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Toyota Motor Corporation has announced the recall of 261,114 Lexus and Toyota automobiles in the United States after identifying several safety system concerns, including stability control and anti-lock brakes.  The safety systems may become inoperative, leading to crashes and injuries to drivers and pedestrians.

Specifically, the recall involves model years between 2012 and 2013 of Lexus and Toyota cars.  An electrical part in the brake actuator, which is used to adjust the fluid pressure, may face increased resistance, Toyota said in documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The automobiles at the center of the recall include 54,010 of the Lexus RX350 crossover vehicles and 100,052 of the Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks, both from model years 2012 and 2013, as well as 107,052 of the Toyota RAV4 SUVs from model year 2012, according to the NHTSA documents.

Just a few days ago, Toyota recalled 1.9 million third-generation Prius cars because of a software glitch in their hybrid system.

In 2009, Toyota announced a massive recall of its vehicles over unintended acceleration issues, which resulted in several deaths.  Toyota has faced hundreds of lawsuits over personal injury and property damage claims.  Toyota agreed to pay $1.6 billion to settle a class action lawsuit brought by thousands of Toyota owners who claimed that sudden-acceleration issues damaged the value of their vehicles.

Toyota is close to finalizing a settlement with the U.S. regulators, which could total another $1 billion.

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