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October 3, 2002

Toyota Is Reported to Have Said They Have Recalled Subcompact Cars

(SafetyAlerts) -  Toyota Motor Corp. is reported to have said Tuesday it was recalling 397,263 subcompact and minicar vehicles exported to the United States, Europe and Canada because of improperly designed brake fluid pipes.

An improper design of the rear brake pipe may cause brake fluid to leak when its exterior is scratched by ice stuck inside the rear wheel while driving on a snowy road, a Toyota spokeswoman Shino Yamada is reported to have said. She is reported to have said the problem surfaced when a fluid leak was reported by a user in northern Europe.

The company has received no reports of related accidents, Yamada is reported to have said.

The recall affects 165,897 subcompact Yaris, manufactured from October 2000 to April this year and exported to Britain and other European markets, as well as 48,568 Echo minicars, made between July 2001 and April this year and sold in the United States and Canada.

Toyota is also recalling Will Vi, Funcargo, bB minicar models, all produced from October 2000 through April 2002.

Separately, the company recalled 24,279 trucks, produced September 1999 and June this year and sold domestically, because of a faulty steering wheel, Yamada is reported to have said.

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA 
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

How many did you hear about?

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