Toyota has announced an extensive recall of Lexus vehicles from the 2006 to 2011 model years. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (PDF) the recall is meant to fix a potential leak in the fuel system, which could cause the vehicles to catch fire.
The problem stems from the plating used to protect elements of the fuel system from corrosion. It appears that remnants of that plating can clog a connector that joins the fuel delivery pipe to the fuel pressure sensor.
That clog, in turn, can cause fuel to build up and leak from the connection. And wherever fuel leaks, there's an increased risk of fire.
The recall affects:
- 2007-2010 Lexus GS models built between January 6, 2005 and September 10, 2010
- 2006-2010 Lexus IS models built between August 30, 2005 and September 10, 2010
- 2007-2010 Lexus LS models built between May 9, 2006 and July 20, 2010
The complete list of models affected includes:
- 2007-2011 Lexus GS 350
- 2007-2011 Lexus GS 450H
- 2006 Lexus GS 300
- 2008-2011 Lexus GS 460
- 2006-2010 Lexus IS 250
- 2010 Lexus IS 250C
- 2006-2011 Lexus IS 350
- 2010 Lexus IS 350C
- 2008-2010 Lexus IS F
- 2007-2010 Lexus LS 460
- 2007-2010 Lexus LS 460L
- 2010 Lexus LS 600H
- 2008-2010 Lexus LS 600HL
All told, the recall affects 422,509 vehicles registered in the U.S.
NHTSA says that Toyota will begin mailing recall notices to owners this December. After receiving those notices, owners can take their vehicles to Lexus dealers, who will clean and reseal the mounting area for the fuel pressure sensor. The fix will be carried out free of charge.
If you own one of the models listed above and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Toyota customer service at 800-331-4331. Alternately, you can call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #14V647000.