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by Brett Davis

It may feel a bit like déjà vu, but Toyota has just announced a worldwide recall affecting 1.53 millions cars, including some Toyota Avalon and Toyota Kluger models as well as Lexus GS300, IS250, and RX models.

The recall was issued due to a faulty brake master cylinder seal that could leak brake fluid. No incidents have been reported due to the potential leak, but Toyota is once again taking precautions. Toyota says owners experiencing symptoms of the leak will notice a warning brake light which will illuminate on the instrument cluster.

Toyota says if the problem becomes worse owners will notice a considerably softer and spongier brake pedal. In worst case scenarios, and over a long period of time, all of the brake fluid may leak out resulting in a complete loss of brakes.

Toyota has said it will notify all owners via mail requesting them to take their cars into a local dealer to have the affected components exchanged free of charge.

Specific models affected are said to include:

  • Toyota Avalon: 2005 to 2006
  • Toyota Kluger: May 2003 to November 2005
  • Lexus GS300, IS250 and RX330: 2006



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