Toyota has announced the voluntary recall of 1.7m vehicles worldwide, including some of its luxury Lexus models, over a fuel leak. This brings to approximately 12m the total number of recalls since 2009 when acceleration problems were blamed for fatal crashes overseas.
The latest recall affects only 4844 Australian owners of Lexus IS250 vehicles built between August 2007 and February 2009. Australian Toyota/Lexus spokesperson Laura Hill said there have been no reports of accidents or injuries here or overseas due to the fuel leak.
She said only one of the 117 worldwide reports of owners smelling leaking petrol was in Australia. Lexus will notify owners by mail to make an appointment with their dealer for the free repair.
"It takes between two and three hours," Hill said. "It's a small repair; tightening the fuel pressure sensor to the fuel delivery pipe, or replacing a gasket if there is a leak."
Vehicles affected overseas are powered by an Avensis engine which is not included in Toyota or Lexus vehicles available in Australia, she said.