• The Associated Press


Toyota is recalling 145,000 Corolla compacts in Brazil for fuel leaks in the latest in a slew of quality problems.

Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday its Brazilian unit issued a recall over the weekend to fix the fuel hose, tank and pump parts of Corollas manufactured in Brazil between March 2008 and last December, and sold only in Brazil.

Toyota has been plagued by defects in a range of models and has recalled more than 14 million vehicles globally since late 2009.

The company said there were no reported accidents related to the latest recall, which affects vehicles in Brazil called flexible fuel vehicles; they run on ethanol as well as gasoline.

Last week, Toyota recalled 2.17 million vehicles in the United States to address accelerator pedals that could become trapped in floor mats or jammed in carpeting.

The U.S. Transportation Department meanwhile declared its investigation into Toyota closed, including the question of whether unintended acceleration had electronic causes.

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