Toyota recalls Lexus cars for fuel-system fixesWed, 26 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Toyota Motor Corp., struggling to restore its reputation for top quality, on Wednesday recalled nearly 1.7 million vehicles globally for a variety of fuel system related problems, including 245,000 Lexus IS and Lexus GS sedans in the United States.
The North American vehicles are being called back to inspect for possibly faulty installation of fuel pressure sensors. In cases where the sensor is not fastened tightly enough, fuel can leak between the gasket that connects the sensor to the fuel delivery pipes, Toyota said.
Lexus dealers in the United States will inspect vehicles for fuel leaks. If no leak is found, they will tighten the sensor. If leaks are confirmed, the gasket will be replaced and the sensor tightened.
The move affects the following vehicles in the United States: 2006-2007 model year Lexus GS300/350; 2006-early 2009 Lexus IS250; and 2006-early 2008 Lexus IS350.
The action covering the faulty fuel pressure sensor covers 354,524 vehicles worldwide, including the Toyota Crown and Mark X sedans in Japan.
Also Wednesday, Toyota conducted a global recall targeting faulty fuel pipes and fuel check valves. That action affects 1.34 million vehicles, but none in North America.
Toyota said there have been no accidents related to any of the recall-related problems.
About 1.2 million of the vehicles in the second recall were sold in Japan, including the RAV4 SUV and the Voxy and Noah minivans. About 135,000 vehicles are in Europe, mostly the Avensis sedan and wagon manufactured at Toyota's plant in Britain.
A design flaw in those vehicles means that fuel pipes may develop cracks and leak. Some of the vehicles also have faulty check valves meant to prevent the reverse flow of fuel.
Including the latest actions, Toyota has recalled 18 million vehicles since November 2009.
By Hans Greimel- Automotive News