Toyota Fortuner, Hilux Recalled Over Brake Booster Assembly



By now, we all know that every car company recalls their cars, every now and then to fix specific issues under what an automotive recall. This means that any part of the vehicle could remain sub-standard at the production time, causing problems to the end-users. Now, similar issue has happened in Toyota Fortuner and Hilux. 

Sometimes recalls are associated with the electronic module, which needs a software update. Some recalls are minor and do not pose any danger to the car owners immediately. Still, some genuinely need immediate action and known as “Safety Recall” like in case of famous Takata defective Airbags or the recall we will talk about in this article.

Brake Booster Assembly Recall: 

Toyota Global has recalled brake booster assembly across the globe affecting a number of vehicles in different regions. Toyota Japan initiated the recall campaign on December 3rd, 2020. Later on, different regions started implementing recall and rectification action. According to Toyota’s official statement regarding the recall;

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

“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.”

“𝐹𝑜𝑟 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑖𝑛𝑣𝑜𝑙𝑣𝑒𝑑 𝑣𝑒ℎ𝑖𝑐𝑙𝑒𝑠, 𝑇𝑜𝑦𝑜𝑡𝑎 𝑑𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑒𝑟𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑣𝑒ℎ𝑖𝑐𝑙𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑓 𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑙𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒, 𝑟𝑒𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑟𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑏𝑜𝑜𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑚𝑏𝑙𝑦 𝑓𝑟𝑒𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑔𝑒

Toyota Indus: 

As this is a global recall by Toyota and as Toyota Indus imports parts for local assembly of vehicles, certain brake boosters are also automatically effected by this recall which might have been installed already. Toyota Indus has started a service campaign and at this time its more of a cautionary message to the affected vehicle owners. As per Toyota Indus, the replacement parts are being imported at this time, and as soon as it arrives, the vehicle owners will be reached out for inspection and replacement. As this is a recall, the part will be replaced free of cost, regardless of your vehicle’s warranty status.

Suppose you are an owner of the following listed vehicles as in the service campaign. In that case, you are recommended that you MUST be very careful with your vehicle’s braking operation and if you feel and notice any abnormality, contact your dealer immediately. Personally, I would recommend that if your car falls under the list, you must suspend your trips to mountainous regions where, extensive braking is required in twist and turns. The brake booster can stop working any time without any prior notice.


Brake Booster: 

Brake Booster, a round canister type device are force multipliers [reduce the force required at brake paddle by a driver to apply brakes ] and found on the driver side in the engine bay and installed on the firewall/the wall which divided engine bay from the passenger compartment. The brake booster assembly is an integral part of today’s disc braking system of the vehicle and is between the brake paddle and the master cylinder containing the brake fluid. There are various types of brake boosters, but all work on the same principle of operation. The aim is to reduce the driver’s effort on the brake paddle while increasing the force on the master cylinder hydraulics to pump the brake fluid to the brake pads.

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As a reminder, last year Toyota Indus and Honda Atlas recalled  fuel pump assembly of various models under a separate international fuel pump recall.

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