Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. recall involves Avalon Highlander Lexus Acura

Posted by Zotta Rendevouz

announced Thursday that they were recalling millions of vehicles to fix brakes that could leak fluids and hamper stopping power news of this latest auto recall is trending high on the Internet.

According to the Toyota website the company is calling back and repairing free 1.53 million Avalon, Highlander and Lexus vehicles. Separately, Honda said it was recalling an undetermined number of Acura sedans and Odyssey minivans.

The Toyota genuine brake fluid used during vehicle assembly for vehicles sold in the United States contains polymers.

The polymers act as lubricants for certain brake system components. If during vehicle maintenance, brake fluid is used that does not contain such polymers or only small amounts, a part of the internal rubber seal (brake master cylinder cup) located at the end of the brake master cylinder piston may become dry and may curl during movement of the piston. If this occurs, a small amount of the brake fluid could slowly leak from the brake master cylinder into the brake booster, resulting in illumination of the brake warning lamp.

If the brake warning lamp has illuminated and the vehicle continues to be operated without refilling the master cylinder brake fluid reservoir, the driver will begin to notice a spongy or soft brake pedal feel and braking performance may gradually decline.

Owners of the involved vehicles will be notified by first class mail beginning in early November 2010. Toyotaand Lexus dealers will replace the brake master cylinder cup with a newly designed one at no charge to the vehicle owners.

Honda's recall includes some 2005 through 2007 Acura RL sedans and 2005 to 2007 Honda Odyssey minivans, spokesman Jon Fitzsimmons said. Honda has not yet determined how many vehicles and what countries will be included in its recall, he said.

A Honda spokeswoman reportedly said Thursday that its recall involved the same brake parts from the same supplier as that used by Toyota. Toyotaand Lexus owners in the U.S.will receive their recall notices in the mail starting early next month, Lyons said.

Detailed information and answers to questions are available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall or www.lexus.com/recall and the ToyotaCustomerExperienceCenterat 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-25 LEXUS or 1-800-255-3987.