Recalled Lexus is 2013 GS 350

Recalled Lexus is 2013 GS 350

Toyota has announced it is recalling 466,000 minivans and cars globally, mostly in the United States, to check for possible faulty brakes and the potential loss of a spare wheel.

The automaker said it it was recalling about 16,000 2013 Lexus GS 350 sedans because a switch in the braking system could cause the system to activate while driving, which could cause unexpected deceleration of the vehicle, Reuters reported. Other media reports said the brake lights may not illuminate when this happens.

Toyota said it was not aware of any accidents, injuries or fatalities related to the issue and that dealers would replace the brake pedal support assembly.

Of the affected cars, about 10,500 were sold in the United States, 1,900 in Europe, 1,400 in China and 1,400 in other markets, a Toyota spokeswoman told the news agency.

Toyota also is recalling about 450,000 2004 to 2011 Sienna minivans originally sold in cold weather states that use road salt to melt snow and ice. Some of the 2004-2010 vehicles were involved in an April 2010 recall for the same issues as now.

The company said the affected vehicles have a spare tyre carrier stowed under the vehicle with a lightweight, foam water splash protector that uses a cable to hold it in place. Road salt can corrode the cable, possibly resulting in the spare tyre falling off. Other reports said the cover was added during the 2010 recall and may have not been installed properly while anti-corrosion coating added at the same time was proving ineffective.

The spokeswoman said Toyota was not aware of any reports of accidents, injuries or fatalities related to this issue. Dealers will replace the carrier assembly as part of the recall.

Of the affected minivans, about 370,000 were sold in the United States, 80,000 in Canada and 400 in western Europe, the spokeswoman told Reuters.

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