New Lexus recall

January 26, 2011

Toyota, which owns Lexus, has announced a recall of 245,000 vehicles, including 2006-07 GS 300 and GS 350, 2006-09 IS 250, and 2006-08 IS 350. The problem is the “insufficient tightening of the fuel pressure sensor.”  For most of the 245,000 vehicles, this is probably not a serious enough concern for a recall, and no accidents have been reported yet.

However, fuel could leak into the engine compartment. This is not just messy, but may constitute a significant safety hazard if the fuel ignited, for example, in a collision.

Furthermore, this appears to be a good sign that Toyota is taking seriously its obligation to consumers to alert them to known problems. There is often nothing more frustrating for consumers who, after several failed repair attempts, learn about a Technical Service Bulletin or Recall that directly relates to the vehicle’s problem. This is also often very good evidence that manufacturer knew, or should have known, about the problem, thus making more than a single repair an unreasonable number of attempts.

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