A recall was announced this week by Toyota focusing on several Toyota Avalon, Highlander, and Lexus models because of issues customers and engineers discovered in the vehicles’ master brake cylinders. Toyota investigators found that when using certain brake fluids, those not containing a polymer found in the official Toyota brake fluid, causing the seal on the master break cylinder to “dry and may curl during movement of the piston”. This failure in the seal would cause brake fluid, drip by drip, to leak out and cause a loss In braking power.
If you have followed this blog at all, you know that this is not anywhere near the first Voluntary Safety Recall Toyota has issued. With this brake issue causing Toyota Motor Corporation to recall nearly 1.5 million vehicles in the U.S. and Japan, this brings the total so far to more than 10 million vehicles, for problems ranging from floor mats, to accelerators, to now, brake cylinders.
Any owners of the affected models, “2005 through 2006 Avalon, 2004 through 2006 Highlander (non Hybrid) and Lexus RX330, and 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250, and IS350 vehicles sold in the United States” will receive by mail a notification of their recall status. Anyone effected by this recall will be able to go to their nearest Kansas City Toyota Dealer and receive a replacement seal free of charge.