Lexus Recalls 214,500 LS, IS and GS Models

Lexus is recalling more than 214,000 LS, IS and GS models in the United States due to what seems to be a a glitch concerning two fuel pipes located in the engine compartment. The malfunction has been discovered on several cars manufactured between model years 2006 and 2008 according to a report by CarScoop, with GS300/350, IS250/350, and LS460/460L among the affected vehicles.

“Lexus has determined that some ethanol fuels with a low moisture content may corrode the internal surface of the fuel delivery pipes. If this condition occurs, the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) in the combination meter may illuminate. Over time, the corrosion may create a pinhole in the fuel delivery pipes resulting in fuel leakage,” Lexus detailed the glitch in a press statement.

What's interesting is that this isn't the first problem that hits the fuel pipes installed on the aforementioned Lexus models. A similar malfunction was detected in 2007, according to a notification published at that time on the NHTSA website.

“On certain vehicles, high stress areas may have been created in two specific fuel pipes located in the engine compartment. Combined with other factors such as the presence of corrosive agents in fuel, a crack may form over time leading to fuel leakage from the fuel lines. Fuel leakage in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire,” the NHTSA notification reads.

Obviously, Lexus' authorized dealerships will replace the affected components free of charge, with the recalls expected to begin in the next few weeks. “Owners are requested to contact their local Lexus dealer for diagnosis and repair at no charge,” Lexus explained in the statement.
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