In what feels a bit like deja vu, Toyota and Honda are recalling millions of vehicles due to brake problems. Late last year and earlier this year, Toyota recalled over 10 million vehicles due to unintended acceleration issues.
These latest recalls will affect 1.53 million Avalon, Highlander and Lexus vehicles. Honda is recalling an unknown number of Acura sedans and Odyssey minivans. The recalls are due to a problem with the vehicles leaking brake fluid, making it difficult to stop. According to Toyota, the brake fluid may leak slowly from the brake master cylinder and could set off the vehicle’s brake warning lamp. Honda says that its recall involves the same brake parts that come from the same supplier as used by Toyota.
According to Toyota, there have been no reports of any accidents caused by the brake problems. A spokesperson for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that Toyota did not have to be prodded in order to announce the recall.
Why are so many more vehicles being recalled in the last couple of years than previously? One reason is because cars are so much more complex now. However, vehicles are also much safer now than in the past. According to the NHTSA, in 2009 vehicular fatalities fell to a 60 year low, even though there are five times more cars on the road today than there were in 1950. This year will most likely be even safer.
Although Toyota and Honda have been quick to recall vehicles for this latest problem, that hasn’t always been the case. If you have been injured in a California accident due to a vehicle malfunction, call Donald Sjaarda at 714-963-8216.