Lexus is voluntarily recalling all 17,000 of the 2010 Lexus HS 250h hybrids it has sold, due to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) testing that showed excessive fuel leakage after a rear-end collision. The company has also halted sales until the problem can be remedied.
The test goes like this: NHTSA strikes the rear of the car with a deformable barrier at 50 mph. The impact has a 70 percent overlap. After the impact, the car is rotated longitudinally in increments of 90 degrees. When the HS was tested this way, it leaked more fuel than the standard amount allowed.
During its own testing, Lexus found the HS to be in compliance with the rules, and the company is investigating why its results were different than NHTSAs.
In the meantime, Lexus will look for a fix--it doesn't have one ready yet--and customers with questions can call 1-800-25-LEXUS or 1-800-255-3987 or visit www.lexus.com/recall for more information.