Toyota Motor Corp. has announced the recall of 1.67 million vehicles worldwide over safety defects, including faulty brakes and fuel components.
A Toyota representative said the company is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the defects. The recall involves 1 million vehicles in Japan and 615,000 in other countries, Law360 reports. Fuel delivery pipe problems affect 759,000 vehicles and 802,000 others have brake issues. In addition, 190,000 Corolla Rumion and Auris models in Japan will be recalled because of faulty emission control components. All of the recalled vehicles in the United States are Lexus sedans with potentially leaky fuel pipes, which could cause the cars to catch fire, the Toyota representative said.The fuel delivery pipe problems, which affect Lexus LS, GS and ARE luxury sedans, involve plating used to prevent corrosion in the pipes. Particles on the surface where the fuel pressure sensor sits could prevent the pipe from sealing effectively and fuel could leak past the gasket, according to Law360. The brake problems occur in Toyota Crown Majesta, Crown, Noah and Voxy models from 2007 to 2012. A rubber seal ring needs to be replaced to prevent brake fluid from leaking.
Toyota has faced a spate of product safety issues this year. The company recalled nearly 700,000 Tacoma pickup trucks because a faulty rear suspension system could cause fuel tank leaks leading to fire, Law360 reports. The company recalled about 20,000 Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Sienna and Lexus RX vehicles over a fuel delivery pipe in that could leak and potentially increase the risk of fire. In April, Toyota issued recalls for 6.4 million vehicles with cable assemblies that can deactivate driver’s-side air bags and weak rail springs that can allow seats to shift. Toyota faces lawsuits from customers who allege the company hid defects. In March, Toyota agreed to pay a $1.2 billion penalty over allegations that it hid two defects that caused vehicles to accelerate suddenly and unintentionally.