Toyota is calling back 423,000 Lexus vehicles in the U.S. to remedy fuel leaks.
The problem stems from nickel phosphate plating that protects fuel lines against corrosion. During assembly, particles in the fuel lines may have come in contact with the car’s gaskets, which causes the sealing property to deteriorate, leading to a fuel leak where the fuel pressure sensor is attached to the fuel delivery pipe. The 2006 to 2011 GS, 2007 to 2010 LS and the 2006 to 2011 IS models are all affected by the issue.
Toyota is not aware of any fires or injuries caused by the problem. The Japanese brand has been investigating the issue since 2010 when customers starting reporting the smell of gas in their cars. In total, Toyota received six reports from dealers and 238 warranty claims about the issue.
Dealers will repair the gaskest seating surface free of charge.
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