Toyota Recalls 95,700 Cars in U.S. Over Brakes Risk

Aug. 27, 2009
Recall affects 2009 and 2010 Corollas and the 2008 and 2009 Scion xD

The U.S. division of Toyota on August 27 recalled 95,700 cars in the U.S., saying icing in cold temperatures could impair the braking system.

The recall affects the 2009 and 2010 models of the Toyota Corolla and the 2008 and 2009 models of the Scion xD -- all equipped with 1.8-liter engines, Toyota said.

Toyota said it found that if the vehicle was operated in extremely low temperatures, there was a possibility that condensed moisture from the positive crankcase ventilation port could seep into the brake system vacuum port and freeze.

The accumulation of ice could gradually decrease the power assist to the brakes "and lead to lengthened vehicle stopping distances," it said.

The recall was issued in 19 states where low temperatures are typical: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2009

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