Toyota Recalls 1.7 Million Cars Worldwide

Although it managed to remain the world's number one carmaker in 2010, despite the problems it had during the year, Toyota is forced once again to issue a large recall, this time for problems discovered in fuel pipes and pumps, pressure sensors or spare tire carriers. The Japanese manufacturer will thus recall a total of nearly 1.7 million vehicles in the whole world, each of the vehicles being affected by one of the defects mentioned above.

Specifically, 1.28 million units will be recalled in Japan, Toyota's domestic market, as the carmaker has discovered that Voxy, Noah and Isis minivans, as well as the RAV4 SUV could be affected by a serious technical glitch.

In addition, 245,000 Lexus units are recalled in the United States because of faulty fuel pressure sensors while Europe got its own slice of recalls through Avensis, as around 135,000 sedans might be equipped with defective fuel systems.

The US recall concerns 2006 through 2007 Lexus GS300/350, 2006 through early 2009 Lexus IS250, and 2006 through early 2008 Lexus IS350 vehicles, Toyota said in a press statement.

"Due to insufficient tightening of the fuel pressure sensor connected to certain engine fuel delivery pipes (those with Nickel Phosphorus plating), there is a possibility that the pressure sensor could loosen over time. If loosening occurs, fuel could leak past a gasket used in the connection between the sensor and the delivery pipe and through the threaded portion of the sensor,"
the company explained the cause of the recall.

As always, all operations will be conducted free of charge, as dealers will inspect the car for fuel leakage and, depending on what they'll find there, they'll either tighten the fuel pressure sensor or replace the gasket between the sensor the delivery pipe completely.
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