Toyota Launches Its Second Big Recall of the Week

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On the heels of its 1.9 million global Prius recall, Toyota (NYSE:TM) has announced another significant recall effort in the U.S., as it’s pulling in 261,000 vehicles for potential braking problems. The company led the industry in recalls last year, and also in 2012. The issues apparently affect 295,000 vehicles globally.

This time, assorted safety functions including stability control and anti-lock brakes could malfunction and become inoperable, Reuters reports. Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that an electrical component in the brake actuator, which adjusts fluid pressure in each wheel cylinder, may experience increased resistance. The recall covers vehicles made only during the 2012 and 2013 model years.

In turn, the hampered system could result in ”reduced vehicle control” and a greater risk of a crash in the face of inoperative systems.

Of the total, 261,114 vehicles were sold in the United States, while the rest were exported to other markets, according to a Toyota spokesperson, though there was no further detail about what those markets were. About 57,000 of them were Lexus RX350s, and about 109,000 or so were Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks. In tow were about 129,000 of the Toyota RAV4 crossovers, which were also affected.

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