Toyota recalls 1.7 million cars, 245,000 Lexus vehicles only in the U.S.

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 26, 2011

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., will be initiating a voluntary Safety Recall covering around 245,000 units Lexus vehicles sold in the United States to inspect the fuel pressure sensor installation.

The recall covers MY2006 and MY2007 Lexus GS 300/350; MY2006 to the early MY2009 Lexus IS 250; and MY2006 to the early MY2008 Lexus IS 350. Toyota is looking at the possibility that the pressure sensor could loosen over time as a result of insufficient tightening of the sensor connected to certain engine fuel delivery pipes with Nickel Phosphorus plating.

A loosening may lead to a fuel leak on a gasket used in the link between the sensor and the delivery pipe as well as the threaded portion of the pressure sensor. Recalled vehicles will be inspected by Lexus dealers for any fuel leakage.

If no leakage is detected, dealers will just tighten the fuel pressure sensor with the proper torque. However, if dealers notice a leak, they would replace the gasket between the sensor and the delivery pipe and tighten the sensor with the proper torque.

Both the inspection and possible gasket replacement will be done at no extra charge. Toyota will send a safety recall notification – via first class mail -- to owners of covered vehicle once the needed parts have been secured.

For customers seeking detailed information over the safety recall is, they could contact Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-25 LEXUS or 1-800-255-3987 or visit www.lexus.com/recall.

On the other hand, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has disclosed another recall -- this time covering 1.3 million vehicles around the world – to fix another condition on a different fuel delivery pipe and a high pressure fuel pump check valve. Vehicles sold in North America were excluded from TMC's recall announcement.

Press Release

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 Sensor Installation

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 GS 300/350, 2006 through early 2009 Lexus IS 250, and 2006 through early 2008 Lexus IS 350 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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