Toyota hit by new oil leak problem

Troubled Toyota is in the news again with a new quality control problem, it has emerged.

The Japanese car company is set to fix potentially leaky oil hoses on nearly one million vehicles in the US and Japan.

Toyota spokesman Paul Nolasco said that the company had started the hose fix in Japan late last year, calling it a "service campaign".

Recently, a total of 217,800 vehicles including the 2007 and 2009 RAV4, some Avalon saloon models, Camry and two Lexus models are hit by the problem in the US, raising the total to 934,000.

In Japan, the problem affected about 40,000 vehicles including the Harrier luxury model, Estima minivan, Blade hatchback, Mark X Zio saloon and Vanguard crossover, Toyota said.

According to the world's biggest car maker, the oil hose problem can lead to engine noise and illuminate the oil pressure light on vehicle dashboards.

Previously, the car giant had to recall 8.5 million vehicles worldwide to fix accelerator pedal, floor mat and brake problems.

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