Over 3000 Toyota Hilux and Fortuner models with brake issue

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Words: Matthew Hansen
4 Dec 2020

Toyota New Zealand has confirmed that an overseas recall over potential brake issues for certain models of Hilux utes and Fortuner SUVs also applies in New Zealand.

The recall stems from relating to the Hilux and Fortuner’s shared brake booster unit, which is known to potentially leak resulting in inconsistent brake pressure. The recall impacts Hilux and Fortuner models built between March 2018 and May 2019.

In New Zealand, a total of 3183 vehicles have been recalled. Toyota New Zealand is in the process of contacting each affected Hilux owner for repairs.

“Toyota New Zealand is recalling 3,183 vehicles due to a potential issue with the brake booster assembly. The models affected are the Toyota Hilux and Fortuner manufactured between March 2018 and May 2019,” it said in its local statement.

“This is a precautionary measure due to the potential for the vacuum operated brake booster to leak and provide reduced braking assistance. The repair will be completed free of charge by Toyota stores and will take approximately 3.5 hours to complete.”

The news follows a recall of over 20,000 Hilux and Fortuner vehicles in Australia, although the recall over there concerns vehicles produced in a different time frame (June 2018 to December 2018) and features a different problem — one concerning the piston.

“Within the brake booster of involved vehicles, the strength of the resin piston could degrade due to improper moulding conditions during production,” Toyota Australia said.

“If this were to occur, repeated operation of the brake pedal may cause the piston to break, potentially causing loss of braking assist and therefore increasing the vehicle stopping distance.”

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