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Toyota recalls 1.75 million vehicles to repair faulty brakes and fuel systems

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(Read caption) A security guard is reflected in the logo of a Toyota Motor Corp's Lexus car at the company's showroom in Tokyo in this May 31, 2013 file photo. Toyota Motor Corp said on October 15, 2014 it would recall a total 1.67 million vehicles globally to address three separate defects including a faulty brake master cylinder that could hinder the brake's performance. Toyota said it was not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths resulting from the defects. The latest in a series of recalls by Toyota affects some Toyota Crown, Noah, Auris as well as more than a dozen Lexus models.

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Toyota is issuing three large recalls that affect 1.75 million vehicle owners worldwide. According to the BBC, the recalls are meant to fix problems related to brakes and fuel systems on cars built between 2007 and 2014.

Two of the three recalls are limited to Asia:

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The biggest involves four models sold primarily in Japan: the Toyota Crown, Crown Majesta, Noah and Voxy. On 802,000 of those vehicles, a faulty rubber seal ring in the brake master cylinder may need to be replaced to prevent brake fluid from leaking out. In cases where leakage has already begun, Toyota says that it will replace the brake booster as well. This recall affects vehicles built between June 2007 and June 2012.

The smallest of the recalls affects 190,000 Japanese models of the Toyota Auris and Toyota Corolla Rumion. Some of those vehicles may be equipped with a faulty fuel suction plate, which could result in a fuel leak. That, in turn, could dramatically increase the risk of fire. The recall affects models built between October 2006 and October 2014.

A third recall, however, affects roughly 423,000 Lexus owners in the U.S., as well as 240,000 owners in Japan and 70,000 in Europe and the Middle East. Some of the vehicles included in this action may have been manufactured with a flawed fuel delivery pipe, which could lead to a fuel leak and an increased risk of fire.

Toyota hasn't specified which U.S. Lexus models will be subject to that recall, but the company has confirmed that the affected vehicles were built between January 2005 and September 2010. We'll keep you posted as additional details become available.

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