Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 1.75 million vehicles around the world to fix defects in the braking and fuel systems. The recall covers 10 models, including the Lexus IS, GS and LS luxury sedans and Toyota Auris compact hatchback. Toyota said it has no knowledge of any fires, crashes, injuries or fatalities resulting from the defects.
The carmaker is recalling around 802,000 Crown, Crown Majesta, Noah and Voxy models built from June 2007 to June 2012 to replace a rubber seal in the brake system that may crack and result to fluid leak. Toyota is also calling back the Crown, Crown Majesta, the Mark X as well as Lexus IS, GS and LS sedans to fix fuel delivery pipes that could leak and hike fire risk.
The Japanese carmaker is likewise recalling around 190,000 Rumion and Auris cars in in its home country to replace emission-control units that could cause fuel leaks and result to greater fire risk.
The company first received a report of the fuel delivery pipe issue in June 2010 in the United States; the brake system defect in July 2011 in Japan; and the emission control flaw in January 2013 also in its home country.
The recall marks the carmaker’s fourth this year that involves at least 1 million vehicles. It called back over 10 million vehicles in 2009 and 2010 over flaws tied to unintended acceleration.
Takashi Aoki, a fund manager at Mizuho Asset Management Co., remarked that Toyota – learning from the lessons from past recalls -- keeps showing the attitude to proactively recall as well as keep everything under control before any serious accident happens.
He said the latest recall would not harm Toyota’s brand image or share value, due to the absence of related injuries, fatalities or crashes.