Car Recalls: Toyota, Chrysler, Honda


Baby products aren’t the only industry dominating the recall market this week, as Toyota, Chrysler and Honda  all issued recalls on vehicles Thursday.

Toyota (Stock Quote: TM) is recalling 1.53 million Lexus, Avalon and other models for brake fluid and fuel pump problems.

The models affected by the latest recall include the 2005 and 2006 Avalon, 2004 through 2006 non-hybrid Highlander models, the Lexus RX330 and 2006 Lexus GS300, IS250 and IS350 vehicles.

The callback affects about 740,000 cars in the U.S., 599,000 in Japan and 28,700 in Canada. The U.S. models are being recalled to fix a brake master cylinder that causes brake fluid to leak, which can lead to weaker braking power over time. Thus far, no injuries have been reported due to the problem.

Owners of these affected models will be notified via mail beginning in early November. They must bring the car into their local dealership, which will replace the brake master cylinder cup with a new one free of charge.

Customers with questions can visit or They can also call the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-255-3987.

Interestingly, Honda  (Stock Quote: HMC ) is recalling an undetermined number of cars for the same issue. Its recall affects certain 2005-2007 model year Acura RL sedans and Honda Odyssey minivan models from 2005 to early 2007. Similarly, no injuries have been associated with the problem.

Honda owners can visit the automaker’s website for more information or call the customer service line at 1-800-999-1009.

The Chrysler recall, meanwhile, affects about 26,000 cars and pickup trucks outfitted with faulty power steering hoses that can develop leaks. The recall affects some 2010 models of the Chrysler 300 and Sebring, the Dodge Avenger, Charger, Challenger and Journey, and some 2011 Dodge Ram pickups.

Only vehicles built between June 24 and Aug. 30 are affected by the recall, and Chrysler will notify all owners of the affected cars and trucks sometime this month. Once notified, owners will then be able to bring their vehicles into a local dealership for repairs at no charge. Those with additional questions can contact Chrysler at (800) 853-1403.

Volvo has recalled nearly 10,000 vehicles to fix front air bag systems that may not deploy in a crash. The vehicles will be fixed free of charge in late October. Concerned customers may contact Volvo at (800) 458-1552.

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