Brake alert for thousands of vehicles

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 September, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 September, 1996, 12:00am

More than 3,500 vehicles on Hong Kong roads are being recalled because they have faulty brakes.

Crown Motors, the local dealer of Japanese manufacturer Toyota, said yesterday it needed to replace the brake systems on the vehicles, which include 16-seat public light buses.

The worldwide recall affects up to 397,000 vehicles produced between December 1989 and June 1994, with defective vacuum drums in their power-braking systems.

The models included Land Cruisers, Dynas, Toyoaces and Coasters.

Crown Motors played down the problem yesterday, saying drivers were in no immediate danger. The defect made it difficult to brake, but would not lead to a brake failure.

'The driver may have to depress the brake further, but the brake system as a whole would still be able to stop the car,' a Crown spokesman said.

Owners are asked to call the company on 2880-1030 to arrange for their vehicle to be repaired free of charge.

The Transport Department is monitoring the case, and has not ruled out conducting independent tests on the vehicles.