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Fire hazard: More than 14,000 Lexus cars recalled for fuel leak risk

Thousands of Lexus sedans and coupes have been recalled for a fuel tank fault.

The Australian Government’s Vehicle Recalls program has announced a recall for 14,270 Lexus cars due to a fire risk.

The cars, which are Lexus IS, RC, and GS models from between 2012 and 2018, have been recalled for a fuel tank vent fault which could lead to a potential fire.

“Due to the design of the fuel tank vent tube assembly, there is a possibility it could develop a stress related crack,” the recall program statement says.

“A stress-related crack over time could expand to eventually allow fuel to leak from the crack. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source may result in a vehicle fire.”

Unfortunately, Lexus is only able to address the issue as parts become available, and the statement says owners of affected vehicles will be contacted once a Lexus dealer is equipped to replace the assembly.

The government has published a list of VINs for affected vehicles, which ranges across each model, with variants including hybrids and even F models like the V8-powered RC F.

Lexus’ Australian website also features a VIN search page which allows owners to check if their vehicle is currently affected by an existing recall, including the widespread Takata airbag recall.

Chris Thompson
Racing video games, car-spotting on road trips, and helping wash the family VL Calais Turbo as a kid were all early indicators that an interest in cars would stay present in Chris’ life, but loading up his 1990 VW Golf GTI Mk2 and moving from hometown Brisbane to work in automotive publishing in Melbourne ensured cars would be a constant. With a few years as MOTOR Magazine’s first digital journalist under his belt, followed by a stint as a staff journalist for Wheels Magazine, Chris’ career already speaks to a passion for anything with four wheels, especially the 1989 Mazda MX-5 he currently owns. From spending entire weeks dissecting the dynamic abilities of sports cars to weighing up the practical options for car buyers from all walks of life, Chris’ love for writing and talking about cars means if you’ve got a motoring question, he can give you an answer.
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