Toyota luxury brand, Lexus, has issued a recall of about 121,000 vehicles worldwide due to fuel leaks in the engine that can cause fires. The majority of the recalled vehicles, approximately 115,000, are in the United States.
In a statement, Toyota said that a diaphragm material in the fuel injection system can harden over time and eventually crack, causing fuel to leak. “A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a vehicle fire,” the auto manufacturer said. The company’s statement did not reveal whether or not the issue has caused any fires, crashes, or injuries.
Toyota dealers will replace the defective fuel delivery pipe with an updated pipe at no cost to affected vehicle owners. Toyota will begin notifying affected consumers this August.
Hyundai-Kia fire issues also cause for concern
In May of this year, Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia issued a recall of over 37,000 hybrid vehicles due to an oil leak with the potential to cause a fire. Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a federal automotive oversight group, announced that they’d be looking into 402 fire complaints in connection with their current investigation regarding Hyundai and Kia engine failures.
The fires in question include collision and non-collision fires, at least 23 of them described as “spontaneous.” It isn’t clear yet whether or not these blazes have to do with engine failures that were the subject of a 2016 recall.
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