Toyota and the many recalls


Toyota Motor Corp, the world’s biggest car maker, will recall 1.53 million vehicles globally to fix a brake-related problem that may cause fluid leaks.

Toyota will repair 599,029 cars in Japan and 740,000 units in the US, the company said today. Models recalled in the US include the Avalon, Highlander Lexus GS300, Lexus IS250 and Lexus IS350. Toyota will also recall vehicles at joint ventures in China, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said on its website.

Today’s announcements come as the world’s biggest car maker is seeking to regain customer trust and market share after recalling more than 8 million vehicles globally for defects linked to unintended acceleration. The Toyota City, Japan-based company has added 40 engineers and created teams to scrutinize the designs of components, according to the company and an outside consultant.

“They seem to know they must be very open about this to restore customer confidence,” said Ian Fletcher, an auto analyst at IHS Automotive in London. “They can’t afford anymore to have the massive political trial they had in the US.”