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 |  Oct 21 2010, 7:36 AM

Toyota has announced yet another massive recall, again for brake-related issues, but this time its different. The recall is not related to the now-supposed unintended acceleration issue, but to a faulty seal on the brake master cylinder. According to a Toyota press release the a small amount of brake fluid could leak out around the seal, causing a loss of brake pressure over time.

In the U.S. the recall affects 740,000 models including Avalon models sold from 2005 through 2006, Highlander (non Hybrid) and Lexus RX330 models sold from 2004 through 2006 and Lexus GS300, IS250, and IS350 models sold in 2006.

Toyota advises that, “If the brake warning lamp has illuminated and the vehicle continues to be operated without refilling the master cylinder brake fluid reservoir, the driver will begin to notice a spongy or soft brake pedal feel and braking performance may gradually decline.”

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by early November and asked to bring their automobile to their nearest Toyota or Lexus dealer for service,

Those with additional questions or concerns are asked to contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-25 LEXUS or 1-800-255-3987, or visit www.toyota.com/recall or www.lexus.com/recall.

Official release after the jump:


PRESS RELEASE

Toyota Announces Intent to Voluntarily Recall Certain Toyota Avalon and Highlander, and Lexus GS300, IS250, and IS350 Vehicles to Replace a Brake Master Cylinder Seal

TORRANCE, Calif., October 20, 2010 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it will conduct a voluntary Safety Recall involving approximately 740,000 – 2005 through 2006 Avalon, 2004 through 2006 Highlander (non Hybrid) and Lexus RX330, and 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250, and IS350 vehicles sold in the United States to address the possibility that a small amount of the brake fluid could slowly leak from the brake master cylinder, resulting in illumination of the brake warning lamp.
This action follows an announcement made by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan on October 21, 2010 (Japan).
The Toyota genuine brake fluid used during vehicle assembly for vehicles sold in the United States contains polymers. The polymers act as lubricants for certain brake system components. If during vehicle maintenance, brake fluid is used that does not contain such polymers or only small amounts, a part of the internal rubber seal (brake master cylinder cup) located at the end of the brake master cylinder piston may become dry and may curl during movement of the piston. If this occurs, a small amount of the brake fluid could slowly leak from the brake master cylinder into the brake booster, resulting in illumination of the brake warning lamp.
If the brake warning lamp has illuminated and the vehicle continues to be operated without refilling the master cylinder brake fluid reservoir, the driver will begin to notice a spongy or soft brake pedal feel and braking performance may gradually decline.
Owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail beginning in early November 2010. Toyota and Lexus dealers will replace the brake master cylinder cup with a newly designed one at no charge to the vehicle owners.
Detailed information and answers to questions are available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall or www.lexus.com/recall and the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-25 LEXUS or 1-800-255-3987.
  • Anna J. King

    Well I don’t know who dropped the ball here, either toyota or the us postal service, but i never got a recall letter. I was driving around and about a month ago saw a brake light on, and my husband put in brake fluid, and the light went off. But now my brakes were spongy, and it could have been a disaster because we drive every other weekend on rt.95 to rhode island.! I’m glad i decided to bring the car in for the routine oil change and discovered I didn’t have the brake cylinder replaced.
    What going on at Toyota? Now I’m concerned if my gas pedal needs replacing, i have a 2004 highlander. they should be using emails to notify everyone, NOT THE US MAIL!