Lexus Recalls 423,000 Vehicles in U.S. for Fire Risk | Edmunds

Lexus Recalls 423,000 Vehicles in U.S. for Fire Risk


Just the Facts:
  • Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling approximately 423,000 Lexus vehicles, including the 2006-'11 Lexus GS, to fix faulty fuel delivery pipes that could leak.
  • Other vehicles include the 2007-'10 Lexus LS; 2006-'11 Lexus IS; 2010 Lexus IS C and 2008-'10 Lexus IS-F.
  • If drivers smell gas, they should take the vehicles into the dealership immediately, Toyota Spokesman John Hanson told Edmunds.

TORRANCE, California Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling approximately 423,000 Lexus vehicles, including the 2006-'11 Lexus GS, to fix faulty fuel delivery pipes that could leak and pose a fire risk, the automaker said on Wednesday.

This is part of a larger global recall of 1.67 million Toyota vehicles for problems involving brake performance and fuel leaks.

Other vehicles in the U.S. part of the recall include the 2007-'10 Lexus LS; 2006-'11 Lexus IS; 2010 Lexus IS C and 2008-'10 Lexus IS-F.

If drivers smell gas, they should take the vehicles into the dealership immediately, Toyota spokesman John Hanson told Edmunds.

He added: "They are safe to drive. [But] we started getting complaints of smelling gas from U.S. customers and those in Japan. Go to the dealership immediately if that happens."

There are no fires, crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the recall.

"In the involved vehicles, the fuel delivery pipes in the engine compartment were manufactured with a plating to protect against corrosion," Toyota said in a statement.

"Some of the pipes could have been produced with plating particles on the gasket seating surface where the fuel pressure sensor is installed.

"In this condition, the sealing property of the gasket seated between the pressure sensor and the pipe could become degraded. During vehicle operation, fuel could leak past the gasket. In the presence of an ignition source, this could increase the risk of a vehicle fire."

Lexus dealers will repair the gasket seating surface of the fuel delivery pipe where the fuel pressure sensor is installed, replace the gasket with a new one and reinstall the fuel pressure sensor. The recall has started. Owners can contact Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.

No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.

Edmunds says: It's time to schedule a service appointment with your dealer if you own one of these Lexus vehicles.

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