Toyota Motor Corp. has announced another large global recall for myriad problems in the fuel systems of several Lexus models with the latest issue increasing the Japanese manufacturer’s recalls to more than 10 million vehicles in the past 18 months.
Toyota said it will recall about 245,000 cars in the United States from its Lexus line to inspect a fuel pressure sensor. The vehicles include the 2006 through 2007 Lexus GS300/350, the 2006 through early 2009 Lexus IS250, and the 2006 through early 2008 Lexus IS350.
The automaker also said it will also recall about 1.3 million vehicles not sold in the U.S. to fix different fuel system problems. Almost 400,000 of those autos have two different defects to be inspected or fixed.
Toyota said the pressure sensor could loosen over time and cause a fuel leak.
Recalls and a record payment of nearly $50 million in federal fines regulation infractions, Toyota’s U.S. market share fell from 17 percent in 2009 to 15.2% last year. Toyota was also only major carmaker whose sales decreased in the U.S. in 2010 from 2009.
Owners of recalled Lexus vehicles will be notified by mailed. Recall details are also available via telephone (800) 255-3987 or online http://www.lexus.com/recall.