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Toyota Forced To Recall Lexus HS Hybrid For Fuel System Issues

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On: Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 1:59PM | By: John Welch


Toyota Forced To Recall Lexus HS Hybrid For Fuel System Issues

It is a pointless car, the HS. A more expensive, tarted-up Prius that is slower than a Prius, and just as miniscule? Not an easy sell I would think. At least the interior is fancy. My opinions aside, the HS really hasn't been all that difficult to sell, and Lexus has done a good job of it in the few months it has been on the market. Whether you appreciate this tiny luxury yacht for what it is—a smaller ES that is as well furnished as a car this size could possibly be—or not, you can't ignore one design detail that matters to everyone, the integrity of the fuel lines. The HS has an issue that involves fuel lines leaking after hard collisions. This fuel could make its way to hot exhaust or engine parts, causing a fire. Not good.

The HS may be a fine auto, may serve its purpose well for its owners, but it just can't have leaking fuel lines. The entire NHTSA post inside . . . this . . . post . . ..

Vehicle Make / Model: LEXUS / HS

Model Year(s): 2010

Manufacturer: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.

Mfr's Report Date: JUN 25, 2010

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V285000

N/A

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 17000

Summary:
TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 HS250h LEXUS VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 301, "FUEL SYSTEM INTEGRITY." WHEN A VEHICLE IS ROTATED ON ITS LONGITUDINAL AXIS TO EACH SUCCESSIVE INCREMENT OF 90 DEGREES FOLLOWING AN IMPACT CRASH TEST CONDUCTED UNDER S6.2, FUEL SPILLAGE SHALL NOT EXCEED THE LIMITS OF S5.6. FOLLOWING A REAR IMPACT CRASH TEST PERFORMED UNDER S6.2(B), WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS ROTATED, THE AMOUNT OF FUEL SPILLAGE EXCEEDED THE LIMITS OF S5.6.

Consequence:
FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy:
TOYOTA HAS NOT PROVIDED A REMEDY FOR THIS CAMPAIGN OR HAS NOT DETERMINED WHEN THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN. OWNERS MAY CONTACT LEXUS AT 1-800-255-3987.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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