Although Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan today announced a voluntary Safety Recall of some Toyota and Lexus due to brake issues, little impact is expected locally according to Alan Perdue, service director at John Harvey Toyota and Lexis in Bossier City.
There is a possibility that a small amount of brake fluid could slowly leak from the brake master cylinder, which would trigger the illumination of the brake warning lamp. If the vehicle continues to be operated without refilling the master cylinder brake fluid reservoir it could result in a spongy or soft brake pedal feel that could cause braking performance to gradually decline.
Toyota and Lexus dealers will replace the brake master cylinder cup with a newly designed one at no charge to the vehicle owners.
The recall involves approximately 740,000 vehicles sold in the United States from 2004 through 2006, but to date, Perdue said his service departments had not received even one call.
“I’m, sure we’ll have some that were sold or are being driven here,” Perdue said Thursday, adding that Friday, Toyota is going to make available all the information on vehicles being recalled, along with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of every affected vehicle. Owners of the make and model of the vehicles involved will be able to call their local Toyota dealers and check their car’s VIN against those listed.
Make, models and year of the vehicles involved in the recall include:
· 2005 through 2006 Avalon,
· 2004 through 2006 Highlander (non Hybrid)
· 2004 through 2006 Lexus RX330
· 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250, and IS350