Toyota Launches Its Second Big Recall of the Week


On the heels of its 1.9 million global Prius recall, Toyota (NYSE:TM) has announced another significant recall effort in the U.S., as it’s pulling in 261,000 vehicles for potential braking problems. The company led the industry in recalls last year, and also in 2012. The issues apparently affect 295,000 vehicles globally.

This time, assorted safety functions including stability control and anti-lock brakes could malfunction and become inoperable, Reuters reports. Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that an electrical component in the brake actuator, which adjusts fluid pressure in each wheel cylinder, may experience increased resistance. The recall covers vehicles made only during the 2012 and 2013 model years.

In turn, the hampered system could result in ”reduced vehicle control” and a greater risk of a crash in the face of inoperative systems.

Of the total, 261,114 vehicles were sold in the United States, while the rest were exported to other markets, according to a Toyota spokesperson, though there was no further detail about what those markets were. About 57,000 of them were Lexus RX350s, and about 109,000 or so were Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks. In tow were about 129,000 of the Toyota RAV4 crossovers, which were also affected.

Owners can rest assured that Toyota and Lexus dealers will be updating the software for the skid control electronic unit free of charge. So far, there have been no injuries, accidents, or deaths associated with the problems.

The recall is the second in as many days involving brake issues, as General Motors (NYSE:GM) recalled 778,000 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 vehicles for ignition problems that could result in the car shutting down, potentially at speed. Five frontal-impact crashes and six front-seat fatalities have been recorded as a result, Reuters reports.

Earlier this week, Toyota recalled 1.9 million Prius hybrids worldwide for a software issue that could cause the vehicle to stall; about 713,000 of the nearly 2 million affected vehicles are located in North America.

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