Toyota, Lexus, Ford and Lincoln recall vehicles

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Toyota, Lexus

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling about 242,000 of its Prius and Lexus hybrid vehicles for problems with their braking systems.

The recall applies to about 233,000 Prius vehicles and about 9,000 Lexus HS 250h models.

The Prius vehicles affected are sold worldwide. The Lexus sedans are sold in the U.S. and Japan.

Of the total, 91,000 were sold in North America. Another 30,000 were sold in Europe.

The automaker said brake pressure parts in the vehicles are made of a weak material that could crack because of vibration, slowing response times.

It said there were no accidents or injuries caused by the problem so far, but the company has received dozens of complaints.

Toyota suffered a blow to its reputation from a series of massive recalls in 2009 and 2010, including faulty braking, sticky gas pedals and defective floor mats.

Ford, Lincoln

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. is recalling about 465,000 cars and SUVs because the fuel tanks can leak and cause fires.

The global recall affects the Ford Fusion, Explorer, Taurus, Flex, Police Utility and Police Interceptor. Also covered are the Lincoln MKS, MKT and MKZ. All the vehicles are from the 2013 model year.

Ford says a connector from the fuel tank to the fuel line is the source of the leak. Customers could smell gas or see a leak on the ground.

The company says no fires or crashes have been reported because of the problem.

Dealers will replace the fuel delivery module, which includes the connector, a Ford spokeswoman said.

About 390,000 of the vehicles are in the U.S. The others are in Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Asia and other areas.


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