Giant Japanese car manufacturer, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc, announced that it is making a voluntary recall of certain Lexus models due to fuel leak problems. The announcement of the Lexus recall 2011 was posted in the official Toyota website on Wednesday, January 26, 2011.
Toyota Lexus models that are included in the recent 2011 recall are:
- 2006-2007 Lexus GS 300/350,
- 2006-2009 IS 250 and
- 2006-2008 IS 350.
Toyota spokesman Paul Nolasco told international news sites that Toyota first heard about the fuel-leakage issue in August 2008. The company received around 219 complaints worldwide, majority of which are from Japan with 142 cases. International reports say that 1.7 million vehicles will be recalled worldwide. With about 1.3 million of the defective cars are in Japan, this makes it the country’s second-largest recall in history the reports added.
Fortunately, no accidents has been reported in relation to the leakage problems.
Below is the official press release of issued by in the Toyota website regarding the Toyota Lexus Recall 2011.
TORRANCE, Calif., January 26, 2011 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it will conduct a voluntary Safety Recall involving approximately 245,000 2006 through 2007 Lexus GS300/350, 2006 through early 2009 Lexus IS250, and 2006 through early 2008 Lexus IS350 vehicles sold in the U.S. to inspect the fuel pressure sensor installation.
Due to insufficient tightening of the fuel pressure sensor connected to certain engine fuel delivery pipes (those with Nickel Phosphorus plating), there is a possibility that the pressure sensor could loosen over time. If loosening occurs, fuel could leak past a gasket used in the connection between the sensor and the delivery pipe and through the threaded portion of the sensor.
Lexus dealers will inspect the vehicle for fuel leakage and if no leakage is found, will tighten the fuel pressure sensor with the proper torque. If a fuel leak is confirmed, the gasket between the sensor and the delivery pipe will be replaced and the sensor will be tightened with the proper torque. The inspection and possible gasket replacement will be conducted at no charge to the vehicle owner.
Owners of the involved vehicles will receive a safety recall notification by first class mail once the parts that may be needed have been obtained. Lexus will also post this information on its website. Detailed information about this recall is available through Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-25 LEXUS or 1-800-255-3987 or at www.lexus.com/recall.
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today announced a separate recall involving 1.3 million vehicles worldwide to remedy a different condition on a different fuel delivery pipe and a high pressure fuel pump check valve. TMC’s recall announcement does not involve vehicles sold in North America.
Lexus Vehicle Safety and Quality Communications
Brian R. Lyons* (310) 468-2552
Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Media Line* (310) 468-5297
* Available 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern on January 26