Toyota Recalls 95,000 Vehicles for Defective Brakes in Icy Conditions

More than 95,000 Toyota and Scion vehicles are being recalled today because ice may build up on the braking systems and prevent drivers from slowing down or stopping.

Toyota Motor Corp. announced the recall of 95,700 model year 2009 and 2010 Toyota Corolla and Corolla Matrix vehicles. Also recalled are 2008 and 2009 Scion xD vehicles. All the recalled vehicles are equipped with 1.8-liter engines, according to a recall notice.

Driving the recalled vehicles in sub-freezing temperatures may allow ice to accumulate at the brake system port, reducing braking power and extending the distance it takes to safely stop the vehicle, Toyota said, according to a Reuters news report on the recall.

Warm-Weather Vehicles Not Included in Recall

Since drivers in warm-weather states where freezing is not generally a major problem are not likely to encounter the ice complications, the recall applies only to vehicle owners in the following 19 states: Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming, Reuters reported.

Defective Vehicles: Leading Cause of Personal Injury

Defects in cars, trucks, motorcycles and other vehicles are a leading cause of personal injuries across the United States. Problems with malfunctioning brakes, steering systems, and other vehicle components can cause drivers to suddenly and unexpectedly lose control of their vehicles and cause or be involved in serious traffic accidents. Oil and gasoline leaks in engine parts can result in powerful explosions and engine fires that can claim lives and result in extensive property damage.

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