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Toyota Recalls 1.7 Million Lexus Vehicles For Fuel System Problems

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On: Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 6:51PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Toyota Recalls 1.7 Million Lexus Vehicles For Fuel System Problems

Toyota is recalling 1.7 million cars from around the world (mostly in Japan), including 245,000 Lexus sedans that were sold in the U.S. The problem this time has to do with fuel pressure sensors. Apparently, these were improperly installed. The result is that a loose sensor can leak fuel between the sensor gasket and fuel delivery pipe.

For American owners, the recall is narrowed to certain models of domestic Lexus sedans. The list includes 2006-2007 model year Lexus GS300/350; 2006-early 2009 Lexus IS250; and 2006-early 2008 Lexus IS350. Owners of any one of those cars can take them back to their local Lexus dealership for a complete inspection. If a leak is found, they’ll get either a tightened sensor or a new gasket.

Obviously, this is a new headache for Toyota, but they are on top of the issue. “After Toyota's recalls last year, the company is more sensitive to recall issues and conducting them as early as possible,” so says Satoru Takada, a Tokyo-based analyst at TIW Inc. Toyota is also happy to point out (quickly) that there have been no reported accidents attributed to this defect.

All of this comes at a time when Toyota is desperately trying to rebuild its reputation after the massive recalls in the past two years. Even though they have a number one ranking for total global sales, those numbers are getting closer to the second place finisher, GM.

“Compared with last year, consumers are responding less to Toyota's continued recalls,” said Tadashi Usui, a Tokyo-based analyst at Moody's K.K. “It's still questionable whether Toyota will fully regain its reputation for quality.”

Toyota first got into the American market in 1957 and it took them 50 years to catch up and pass Ford as the number one in U.S. sales. By 2008, Toyota was waving at GM in the rearview mirror as they dominated. But for every up there is a down and somewhere on a Toyota assemble line, a worker quakes in fear of losing his job!


Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain 2006-2007 Lexus GS 300/350, 2006-2009 IS 250 and 2006-2008 IS 350 Vehicles to Inspect the Fuel Pressure

Toyota Motor Corporation announces separate recall involving certain vehicles not sold in North America

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.


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