Toyota says that is recalling 1.7 more autos worldwide because of fuel-system
problems affecting several models. 245,000 of the recalled vehicles are
Lexus luxury cars in the US.
The automaker says that because of inadequate tightening of the fuel-pressure sensor connected to specific engine fuel delivery pipes, the sensor might eventually come loose. If this were to happen, fuel might leak.
Vehicle models recalled in the US include the:
- Lexus GS300 and GS350 (2006 and 2007 models)
- Lexus IS250 (2006 – 2008 models)
- Lexus 1S350 (2006 – 2008 models)
Lexus dealers will check the vehicles for fuel leakage and repair any damage.
They will also properly tighten the fuel pressure sensor. No accidents
related to the auto defect have been reported, but numerous complaints
have been filed.
Toyota has been much faster to report safety issues in the wake of the millions of vehicles it has had to recall since late 2009 when a family of four were killed in a San Diego car crash because of a sudden unintended acceleration accident involving a Lexus car. That catastrophic car crash brought to light the fact that Toyota had violated the US requirement that an auto safety issue be reported immediately. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has since fined Toyota more than $16 million three times for failing to report the “sticky pedal” defect, steering relay rod problem, and the issue with accelerator pedals getting stuck in floor mats.
If you or your loved one was seriously injured in a car crash caused by an auto defect, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced auto products liability law firm that knows how to handle these types of cases. There is a lot that goes into proving that a defect caused your traffic crash.
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Toyota recalls 1.7 million more cars, OC Register, January 26, 2011
Toyota Motor Corp. Will Pay $32.425 Million in Civil Penalties as Result of Two Department of Transportation Investigations, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration