Toyota Motor Corp has issued another worldwide recall in a series of large-scaled recalls, totalling up to a good 1.75 million vehicles in what appears to be a voluntary move to address several potentially hazardous manufacturing defects. Over 1.05 million vehicles from Toyota and Lexus have been recalled in Japan alone, whereas the remaining bulk of defective vehicles are from markets outside of Japan.
Some of the defects include a faulty brake master cylinder that could hinder braking performance and faulty fuel delivery pipes which could – in the worst case scenario – cause a fire through the leakage. The affected vehicles are the Crown, Crown Majesta, Mark X, Noah, Voxy, Auris and Corolla Rumion, including more than a dozen Lexus models built between the year 2007 to 2012, although no fires, crashes or injuries linked to the defects have been reported.
Apparently, the problem with the fuel line involves some plating along the engine compartment which is responsible for the prevention of corrosion. However, there are fears that these particles could have found their way into the gasket seating surface, causing leakages and potentially catching fire should there be presence of an ignition source.
However, not more than 250 Lexus IS and LS models are affected in Malaysia, and Lexus Malaysia will be in direct contact with owners of the affected vehicles for further inspection. Owners of the vehicles affected outside of Malaysia will receive a notification via first class mail.
For those who own some of the mentioned cars bought from our local grey importers, it’s best to get your vehicles checked by an authorised service centre.