Fuel leak prompts huge 2011 Toyota and Lexus recall

Just when one thought that the recall issues were over for Toyota the Japanese automaker has announced a recall of 1.7 million cars globally.

Around 1.2 million models are included in the current 2011 recall in Japan and 421,000 models are being called back overseas. The issue that is plaguing these Toyota models is a possible fuel leak due to cracks that can appear in fuel pipes.

"Slight cracks may appear on the engine fuel pipes. If [the car] continues to be used, the crack may be widened and there may be risks of fuel leakage," the ministry said in a statement.

Luckily, no accidents have been reported due to the fault.

In the United States, Toyota stated that 235,000 Lexus models are being recalled, including the GS300/350 that were made between 2006 and 2007, IS250s made between 2006 and 2009, and the Lexus IS350 that was build between 2006 and 2008.

See how Toyota stock is doing after the recall news.

The United Kingdom is experiencing the same issue, as 15,500 Avensis 2.0-liter and 2.4-liter models made between 2000 and 2008 are being recalled, as well as 3,100 IS250 gas-powered sedans made between 2007 and 2009.

This is just another piece in the long recall puzzle that has been plaguing Toyota. Overall, the company has now recalled 12 million cars in the past 18 months, including 14 different recalls last year.

Last year’s sales reports saw Toyota remain at the top of the heap, but the company did lose ground in America and this won’t help. Toyota’s damaged image will only get hit again, as most Americans will feel this to be yet another reason to avoid Toyota vehicles. Their once brilliant reputation for reliability and quality has gone down the tubes.

Toyota and Lexus dealers will inspect vehicles, involved in the 2011 recall, for a fuel leak and will tighten the fuel pressure sensor if nothing is leaking. If something is leaking out of the pipes, the gasket between the sensor and the delivery pipe will be replaced, according to a report from the automaker.

This recall shocked the Japanese stock market, as Toyota stock plummeted 1.9% and caused other automakers to fall as well. Nissan plunged 1.3%, while Subaru went down 1.1%.


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