Cars being recalled outside Japan inlcude Lexus GS (pictured), IS and LS

Cars being recalled outside Japan inlcude Lexus GS (pictured), IS and LS

Toyota Motor is recalling about 1.75m vehicles worldwide to fix braking and fuel system problems. Of those, around 36,000 are Lexus models sold in Europe including 9,637 in the UK, a Toyota GB spokesman told just-auto.

This is the first global recall since the US put the carmaker under stricter safety supervision, according to Bloomberg News.

Globally sold models include the Lexus IS, GS and LS sedans and the Toyota Auris hatchback and there are also various Japan Domestic Market (JDM)-only Toyota sedans and minivans.

The automaker told Bloomberg by email it wasn’t aware of any fires, crashes, injuries or fatalities resulting from the defects.

About 802,000 JDM Crown, Crown Majesta, Noah and Voxy models made between June 2007 and June 2012 and sold in Japan are being recalled to replace a rubber seal in the brake system that could crack and cause fluid to leak, leading to degraded performance.

In a 759,000-unit global recall, the JDM Crown and Crown Majesta, as well as the Mark X, plus JDM and export variants of the Lexus IS, GS and LS are being called back to repair fuel delivery pipes that could leak and increase fire risk.

Some 423,000 of these are Lexus models sold in the United States, Reuters reported.

Toyota Europe will recall about 36,000 Lexus IS, IS C, GS and LS cars for this repair, Toyota GB's spokesman said.

A third flaw involves about 190,000 Rumion and (locally made) Auris JDM models in which dealers will replace evaporative emissions control units that could cause fuel leaks and lead to greater fire risk.

The Auris sold in Europe and many other export markets is made in England with a high percentage of local content and different component suppliers.

Bloomberg News noted the safety campaign is Toyota’s fourth this year involving at least 1m vehicles as the auto industry responds to scrutiny over slow recalls.

Toyota recalled over 10m vehicles in 2009 and 2010 for defects related to unintended acceleration.

"With the lessons learned from past recalls in North America, Toyota keeps showing the attitude to proactively recall and have everything under control before any serious accident happens," Takashi Aoki, a Tokyo-based fund manager at Mizuho Asset Management, told Bloomberg News.

"I don’t think this recall would damage the brand image, or cause the shares to decrease, as there were no injuries, fatalities or crashes."

Toyota first received a report of a problem that prompted the fuel delivery pipe recall in June 2010 in the US, Tokyo-based spokesman Dion Corbett told Bloomberg. The company received initial reports from Japan for the brake fix in July 2011 and the emission control units in January 2013.

The recall is the first major global campaign by Toyota since David Kelley, a New York-based partner at Cahill Gordon & Reindel, and former US Attorney, was appointed by the US Justice Department in August to supervise the carmaker’s safety procedures, Bloomberg added.

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