More than 16,000 newer model Toyota and Lexus vehicles are being recalled due to a risk that the braking system actuator may have been equipped with damaged O-rings, resulting in improper brake fluid pressure that could lead to the loss of vehicle control and an auto accident.
The Toyota recall (PDF) was announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on April 20, after the auto maker was notified by its supplier that some of the brake actuators may have been delivered for assembly with damaged O-rings that could cause insufficient brake fluid pressure and increase the risk of a crash from loss of vehicle control. To date, no injuries or crashes have been reported.
In mid-February, Toyota was alerted by a parts supplier that some of the actuators supplied for certain 2016 model Toyota and Lexus vehicles may have been delivered for assembly with pumps containing damaged O-rings that may allow insufficient brake fluid pressure to control the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control System (TRAC), and Vehicle Stability Control System (VSC). After further analysis and calculations, Toyota determined that the problem was serious enough to merit a recall.
The recall includes certain 2016 Toyota RAV4 vehicles manufactured from October 30, 2015 to February 3, 2016, 2016 Lexus RX350 vehicles manufactured from October 26, 2015 to February 8, 2016, and 2016 Lexus E350 vehicles manufactured from September 1, 2015 to February 29, 2016. The recall includes a total of 16,656 vehicles that were manufactured By Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing and sold throughout the United States at licensed dealers.
The NHTSA indicates that Toyota will begin notifying affected owners by first class mail, with instructions on scheduling an appointment with their local dealer to have the brake actuator inspected and replaced if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 5, 2016. Customers with further questions or concerns may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331 and reference the recall number G0I, GLC.