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Toyota, Honda launch recalls over brake fluid leaks

USA Today - Oct 21, 2010

Toyota (TM) launched its latest giant recall Thursday over safety deficiencies and this time it will be joined by Honda.

The world's largest automaker said it will recall 1.5 million cars globally, including 728,544 in the U.S., to fix a rubber seal that can degrade and cause brake fluid to leak, which would weaken brake power. Honda said later in the day that it will follow suit with a recall over the same issue.

The recalls cover a variety of vehicles spanning the 2005 to 2007 model years. Drivers will get early warning of a problem when the low brake fluid warning light illuminates. Both automakers said they have no reports of accidents, although Toyota said it found 14 instances in which the leak occurred.

For Toyota, it's only the latest blow to its reputation atop the 15 recalls in the past year. Toyota- and Lexus-brand models involved in this one: 2005-06 Avalon, 2004-06 Highlander, 2004-2006 Lexus RX, 2006 GS and 2006 IS.

Toyota's action caught Honda by surprise. "Initially, we weren't sure it was going to be a recall," said Honda spokeswoman Christina

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- Posted: 2010-10-21 23:41:53


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