POSTED: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 11:58am
UPDATED: Saturday, June 25, 2011 - 1:48am
TORRANCE, CA - Toyota 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 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.
Toyota has issued a recall of about 245,000 Lexus vehicles because of a possible fuel leak. More than 200,000 of the affected models, however, were already recalled in 2009 for the same problem.
In a statement released on Tuesday night, the automaker said it recalled the 2006-7 Lexus GS300 and GS350, the 2006-9 Lexus IS250 and the 2006-8 Lexus IS350 sedans. Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that the automaker recalled about 214,000 of those vehicles in 2009.
“This recall involves the vehicles we recalled in 2009,” Bryan Lyons, a Toyota spokesman, confirmed in an e-mail. The new recall adds about 30,000 later-model vehicles.
In its news release, Toyota said that “insufficient tightening of the fuel-pressure sensor connected to certain fuel-delivery pipes” could allow the sensor to loosen and gasoline to leak.
The original 2009 recall instructions, according to Mr. Lyons, did not include a revised torque-specification for the fuel-pressure sensor, something that the automaker eventually learned would prevent fuel leaks. “Over time, we determined we needed to increase the torque to help secure the connection between the pipe and the sensor for both recall-remedied and production vehicles,” he wrote.
The models affected by the 2009 recall were the 2006-7 Lexus GS, the 2006-8 Lexus IS and the 2007-8 Lexus LS sedans.
In 2007, the automaker recalled about 34,000 IS and GS sedans from the 2006 model year for possible fuel-line leaks at a seam weld, but Mr. Lyons said the recall was not related to those of 2009 or this week.
The automaker said in a separate action that 1.3 million vehicles sold outside the United States were being recalled for unrelated problems involving fuel systems.