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By Farhan Naqvi, Personal Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas

The past year has been a dreadful one for Toyota Motor Company. The automaker has had to recall about ten million vehicles for various reasons. And last week, the company issued yet another recall of vehicles which bear the Toyota and Lexus brands.

On October 21, Toyota announced that it was recalling about 1.66 million vehicles worldwide due to a brake fluid leak problem in the brake master cylinder seal. Such a leak would trigger the brake warning light on the vehicle’s dashboard to light up. Though Toyota is aware of 14 brake fluid leaks as a result of this problem, there have been no reports of accidents.

Here are the recalled models and their production dates for the vehicles that were sold in the United States:

Toyota Avalon           September 2004 to February 2006

Toyota Highlander    May 2003 to November 2005

Lexus models GS       September 2004 to February 2006

Lexus IS                     May 2005 to March 2006

Lexus RX                   February 2003 to February 2006

The production date of each vehicle can be found on the inside of the driver door.

According to Toyota, leaking brake fluid could cause a gradual decline in the effectiveness of the brakes. Drivers might notice their brakes starting to feel “spongy” when applying the brake pedal. Owners of the affected vehicles should take them to an authorized Toyota service dealer to have the brake master cylinder seal replaced at no charge. 

If you have purchased a Toyota vehicle in the past several years, you should make sure that it has not been affected by this recall or any of the others issued by Toyota in recent months. If you feel that your vehicle is defective in some way and that the defect has caused an accident, you should contact a product liability lawyer as soon as possible.

About the Editor: Farhan R. Naqvi is a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who has experience representing victims injured in car accidents, drunk driver crashes, truck wrecks, slip and falls, taxi cab accidents, and bicycle crashes. He also has experience handling spine injury, product liability, underinsured/uninsured driver, and wrongful death cases. If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident in Summerlin, North Las Vegas, Clark County, Henderson, Boulder City, Green Valley, or Pahrump, give Farhan a call at 702-553-1000 for a free, no-hassle consultation.