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by David Zalstein

Approximately 13,800 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series models have been recalled in Australia due to a braking system fault that could result in a brake fluid leak.

Affecting current ABS-equipped Toyota LandCruiser VDJ7# models built between May 2012 and March 2014 in single- and double-cab chassis, wagon or troop carrier guises, the recall relates to a flexible brake hose bracket located on the vehicles’ front differential.

According to the official recall notice published on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) product safety recalls website, under certain conditions the brake hose bracket may fracture around the securing bolt and break, potentially resulting in a brake fluid leak.

“If the defect occurs, braking effectiveness is reduced, increasing the risk of a collision,” the notice says.

Toyota Australia said the possibility exists “if the vehicle is driven frequently at high speeds on corrugated roads”.

Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series - Troop Carrier and Cab Chassis

“In the worst case, the brake pedal stroke may increase and reduce braking effectiveness, resulting in longer vehicle stopping distances.”

The local division of the Japanese car maker confirmed there have been 27 reports of the fault locally, as well as one “low-speed accident”, though no injuries have been reported.

Owners of the affected vehicles will be notified by mail to organise the replacement of the defective brake hose bracket, along with two brake hoses, at no cost to customers. The fix is estimated to take less than an hour to complete.

The recall affects approximately 22,000 vehicles globally, including cars in the Middle East, South Africa and Middle and South America.




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