Toyota recalls 1.53 million vehicles globally, 740,000 recalled in U.S.

2006 Toyota Avalon

It’s been a while since we’ve head about any crazy Toyota recalls, but just as when things seemed to be getting better for the Japanese automaker, it announced a recall of 1.53 million Lexus, Avalon and other models, mostly in the U.S. and Japan, for brake fluid and fuel pump problems.

In the United States, Toyota is conducting a voluntary safety recall of 740,000 vehicles including – 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.

Here is a complete breakdown of the issue by Toyota:

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.

Toyota will start notifying owners in early Nov. 2010. To fix the issue Toyota and Lexus dealers will replace the brake master cylinder cup with a newly designed one at no charge to the vehicle owners. Owners can visit www.toyota.com/recall or www.lexus.com/recall or call Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-25 LEXUS or 1-800-255-3987.

– By: Omar Rana