Toyota has recently announced a recall for several Land Cruiser models in Australia, because of a problem with the braking system, which may fail due to a brake fluid leak.
According to the Australia Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), approximately 13,800 units of the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series will be affected by this recall and their owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers in order to get the problem with the braking system fixed. The ACCC says that in the affected vehicles, the braking system could fail because of a brake fluid leak and if this happens, the vehicles’ ability to stop will be affected, increasing the risk of a crash and / or injury.
“If the defect occurs, braking effectiveness is reduced, increasing the risk of a collision. In the worst case, the brake pedal stroke may increase and reduce braking effectiveness, resulting in longer vehicle stopping distances”, as the notice is saying.
The affected Toyota Land Cruiser vehicles have been produced between May 2012 and March 2014 in single- and double-cab chassis, wagon or troop carrier guises. A total of 27 reports of the fault locally have been registered, along with one in which the Land Cruiser was involved in a “low-speed accident”. No injuries have been reported. A total of 22,000 vehicles are affected globally by this recall, including models in South Africa, Middle East and South America.