Several automakers announcing recall

WASHINGTON (AP) - Honda says it will recall certain 2005-2007 model year Acura RL sedans and Honda Odyssey minivans from the 2005 to early 2007 model year because of brake fluid leaks.

It's not certain yet how big the callback will be. And the government is urging owners of recalled Ford vehicles linked to engine fires to be sure to get them fixed.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says about 17.5 million Ford vehicles have been involved in recalls since 1999 because of faulty cruise control switches.

The switches can overheat and lead to a fire.

The government says only about 40 percent of the vehicles covered by the recall have been repaired. Typically, 70 percent of recalled vehicles get fixed in 18 months.

Ford's recalls have covered several vehicle models, including the popular F-Series pickup truck from the 1993-2003 model year, the 1995-2002 Explorer and the 1995-2003 Windstar van.

The government issued a similar consumer advisory in February 2008.

Toyota on Thursday announced the recall of 1.5 million vehicles for possible brake and fuel system problems.

The automaker submitted a recall notice to Japan's transport ministry for about 599,000 Toyota and Lexus models produced between 2002 to 2005, and an additional 930,000 vehicles sold overseas, said Toyota spokesman Paul Nolasco.

Toyota said the U.S. recall involves replacement of a brake master cylinder seal on about 740,000 cars and SUVs, including the 2005 through 2006 Avalon, the 2004 through 2006 Highlander (non-Hybrid) and Lexus RX330, and the 2006 Lexus GS 300, IS 250, and IS 350 models.

The brake system recall in the United Kingdom includes more than 15,000 Lexus IS, GS and RX models made between 2003 and 2005.

In addition, the UK fuel pump recall, involves about 2,100 GS 300 models build from 2004 to 2006.

Details on the recall in other countries were not immediately available.

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