Report: Toyota needed two years to detect the Lexus fuel leak issue

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 27, 2011

As you may know already, yesterday we told you that Toyota will recall almost 245,000 Lexus vehicles in the United States due to a potential gasoline leak. Many of you might be disappointed in this, as this affects 2006-2007 model year Lexus GS300/350; 2006-early 2009 Lexus IS250; and 2006-early 2008 Lexus IS350.

Some of you might consider that the affected models are quite old, but you have to know that Toyota engineers needed almost two years in order to make this recall.

Apparently, the first U.S. report of fuel odor was in March 2009 according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Moreover, Toyota investigated two more reports in 2009, including one from the U.K but no abnormality in parts was found.

Furthermore, the Japanese manufacturer studied the Lexus issue throughout 2010 and decided to review manufacturing processes. Apparently, the time needed to find out the problem is not unusual, given how complex vehicles have become.

“This is literally forensic analysis,” said Ed Kim, a former U.S. product planner for Hyundai Motor. “Cars contain hundreds of thousands of pieces of machinery, and when there's a defect it can be pretty minute.” he added. [via autonews - sub. required]

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