Toyota to recall 1.66m cars

Japanese auto giant announced a recall over safety concerns of faulty brakes.

Japanese auto giant Toyota has announced a recall of around 1.66m cars over safety concerns of faulty brakes.

About half the cars are being recalled in the US which include 2005 to 2006 Avalons, 2004 through 2006 non-hybrid Highlanders; 2004 through 2006 Lexus RX330s; and 2006 Lexus GS300s, IS250s and IS350s.

The cause for the US recall, the carmaker said was that "a small amount of the brake fluid could slowly leak from the brake master cylinder, resulting in illumination of the brake warning lamp."

17,400 models built between 2003 and 2006 are being recalled in the UK over brake concerns and stalling engines.

Toyota has assured customers that repairs for both the engine and brake related problems will take no longer than three hours and will be undertaken at no cost to them.

600,000 cars in Japan have also been recalled in Japan.

Additionally 134,000 cars in China have been recalled over a different problem of rusting rear disk brakes.

"We made commitments earlier this year to be more responsive and attentive to our customers," said Brian Lyons, safety and communications spokesman for Toyota.

"We are viewing this recall as a continuation of that commitment," he added.