Lexus has announced a recall for some of its IS, GS and LS models to correct an issue with the fuel delivery pipe.
The recall affects 9,637 UK-registered cars, among a total of about 759,000 worldwide. The models affected are IS 250, IS 250 C, IS F, GS 300, GS 460, GS 450h, LS 600h, LS 600hL and LS 460, manufactured between January 2005 and September 2010. Lexus has identified the issue through its worldwide field report quality checks; there have been no reported accidents or injuries linked to the issue.
This recall has been announced at the same time as three other Toyota global recall programmes, none of which affects UK-registered vehicles. Lexus recalls are in line with the company’s core commitment to delivering the highest standards of safety and quality to its customers.
The issue concerns the fuel delivery pipe which feeds fuel to the engine’s fuel injectors. Lexus has found that some pipes may have been produced with particles of the plating on the surface of the gasket seating where the fuel pressure sensor is located. This may cause the gasket seating to degrade between the fuel pressure sensor and the fuel delivery pipe, creating the risk of a leak. The driver may be alerted to the problem by the smell of fuel while driving, or on leaving the vehicle.
Lexus is recalling the vehicles affected to check and replace the affected components as required.
Vehicle owners will be contacted by Lexus within the coming weeks by post or telephone and asked to make an appointment to bring their car to their nearest Lexus Centre, in accordance with Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) guidelines.
The work will take about three to four hours to complete and will be carried out free of charge.
Customers can check whether their vehicle is affected using a registration look-up function in the owners section of the main Lexus website (www.lexus.co.uk).
If owners require additional information they can contact the Lexus Recall Helpline on 0800 1388744.