TOKYO (Jan. 26, 2011)—Still struggling to restore its reputation for top quality, Toyota Motor Corp. today 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 U.S.
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 U.S. will inspect vehicles for fuel leaks. If none is found, they will tighten the sensor. If leaks are confirmed, the gasket will be replaced and the sensor tightened, the Japanese auto maker said.
The move affects the following vehicles in the U.S.: 2006-2007 model year Lexus GS300/350; 2006-early 2009 Lexus IS250; and 2006-early 2008 Lexus IS350.
These recalls bring the total number of Toyota recalls since fall of 2009 to 18 million vehicles.
The move covering the fuel-pressure sensor covers 354,524 vehicles worldwide, including the Toyota Crown and Mark X sedans in Japan.
Also today, 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. 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.
Toyota said there have been no accidents related to any of the recall-related problems.