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Toyota, Lexus cars recalled to fix brake leak

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0700

Toyota is recalling more than 1.5 million cars around the globe for brake and fuel-pump problems.

This now brings Toyota's recall tally to more than 14 million vehicles around the world in the last year, many for unintended-acceleration issues.

So what does this mean for you?

In the United States, 740,000 vehicles are under recall.

They are the 2005-06 Avalon, the 2004-06 Highlanders but not the hybrids, the 2004-06 Lexus RX 330, and the 2006 Lexus GS 300, IS 250 and IS 350 vehicles.

What's the problem? They could leak brake fluid, causing the warning light to come on. Braking performance may gradually decline and the brakes may get a spongy feel, Toyota says.

Owners will be notified in early November and the parts will be replaced by dealers for free.

By Greg Migliore