Earlier this month, Toyota announced a new recall of over 1.5 million vehicles for brake problems, according to CNN.com.
Toyota is recalling 740,000 Lexuses, Avalons, and Highlanders in the United States, and over 1.5 million internationally. Honda also announced the recall of an undisclosed number of Acura RL and Honda Odyssey vehicles for brake problems.
According to Toyota, the recall occurred because it is possible for a small amount of brake fluid to leak from the brake master cylinder. This leak could cause the brake light to come on. If the problem is not repaired, the driver will notice the brakes are “soft” and eventually the brakes will be unable to stop the vehicle. Toyota claims the problems originate from using non-Toyota brake fluid.
Since the second half of 2009, Toyota has recalled more than eight million motor vehicles. Most were from unintended acceleration issues. The acceleration problems have been linked to an unknown number of deaths, which may be as high as 100. Toyota paid a $16.4 million fine earlier this year for delaying a recall of its vehicles with the acceleration problems.
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