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Toyota recalls vehicles over loss of braking assist

Recall affects 220 Toyota and Lexus models in Canada and 6,000 in the US

The 2017 Toyota TRD Pro series joins the Ford Raptor and Ram Rebel as factory-developed and warranted off-road oriented trucks.

Toyota is recalling about 6,200 Toyota and Lexus models to address a problem with the braking assist that could result in sudden loss of braking ability.

The recall affects 2018 Toyota Camry and Highlander, and 2017 Lexus RX350, Toyota Sienna and Tacoma. About 220 of the affected vehicles are in Canada, while about 6,000 are in the US.

Affected vehicles are equipped with a vacuum pump assembly with a component that may have been manufactured incorrectly. The vacuum pump assembly provides braking assist, and the faulty component could trigger warning lights, sounds and messages, but may also result in sudden loss of braking assist, which could result in the driver having to apply more pressure on the brake pedal in order to stop the vehicle. That might lead to increases stopping distances and increase the potential of a crash.

Although Toyota did not indicate any awareness of incidents involving the issue, it will notify owners of the affected vehicles by mail (probably by late May) advising them to attend respective Toyota or Lexus dealers in order to have the vacuum pump replaced.

Customers can also check for recalls at toyota.ca/recall or lexus.ca/recall and entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), or by calling 888-869-6828 for Toyota vehicles or 800-265-3987 for Lexus vehicles.

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