Toyota Avalon and Lexus GS, RX brake safety recall

Toyota Avalon and Lexus GS, RX brake safety recall

Toyota has announced yet another worldwide safety recall, now involving approximately 1.66 million vehicles around the globe, for leaky brakes.

Cars affected by the recall include the 2005-2006 Toyota Avalon, 2004-2006 Lexus RX330 and its U.S. Toyota Highlander derivative, as well as the 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250, and IS350 models, and probably also the IS300.

The recall addresses the possibility that a small amount of brake fluid could slowly leak from the brake master cylinder, resulting in the brake warning lamp turning on. Toyota says that “the brake fluid used during vehicle assembly contains polymers which 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, or 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.

From November, Toyota and Lexus dealers will replace the brake master cylinder cup with a newly designed one for free. The recall should affect UAE, Saudi Arabia and other Middle East customers of the GCC-spec Lexus RX, Toyota Avalon and Lexus GS300. The other affected models were not sold here officially.

In Japan alone, Toyota is recalling about 600,000 vehicles spanning 11 models including the high-end Crown sedan, either for the master cylinder seal or defective fuel pump wiring, or both. It is also recalling 60,000 vehicles in China for a brake-disc problem.

What do you think?



  1. they should be banned due to the cheating with millions of people..

  2. ^ Tell that to every carmaker with a recall.. Ford deserves to be shutdown for selling Pintos whose gastanks blow up upon a minor impact, why? cuz it save them money..

    Im not going to be judgmental but I believe that cars in the 90s were more solid, durable and reliable than many of the rubbish they sell us today.. Not that they never had recalls but they are more solid than today’s rides..

  3. I would say, now to much issue is being made about recalls, and imagining imaginary situations, i know so many people who have bought, used, sold or are still using Toyotas / Lexus from year 2004 onwards, nobody ever complained or faced and stuck accelerator, leaking oils, stearing or suspension problems, same from other manufacturers….this seems to be overblown…soon we will have a owners manual, where each manufacturer which problem will come in which year and what are the expected problems that occur and how many times they will recall a particular model in advance…

  4. I would ask on the brake safety recall for RX 2004-2006 when we can bring the car for inspection to it’s dealer.

  5. i have a 2010 gs350 and the brakes failed and the accelerater went out of control, lexus says it is just unfortunate. Three people injured.

  6. I went to Lexus to check out my brake light because it wouldn’t turn off. They said I needed to replace the master break cylinder and it was going to cost me $2000. It took them this long to figure out that this was a problem in more than 1 vehicle. You think Lexus, a well know luxury name would make you feel safe behind the wheel…well we thought wrong. Not to pleased!!

  7. Too bad I never heard of this.

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