The parade of vehicle recalls continues unabated this year, with records being set all over. This week, the Toyota Motor Corp. announced another massive recall of more than 1.67 million vehicles worldwide, including about 423,000 Lexus vehicles recalled in the United States. The recall was issued to deal with several defects.
One defect involves vehicles that are being recalled so that dealers can replace a rubber seal ring in the brake master cylinder, which is used to prevent brake fluid leaks. Such leaks can lead to brake failure. The other defect – the one related to vehicles in the U.S. – has to do with faulty fuel delivery pipes near the engine. These pipes were manufactures with a coating designed to prevent corrosion. However, some of the coating may have gotten onto the gasket seating near the pressure sensor, which could lead to degradation of the pipe. That could result in a fuel leak, which could result in a vehicle fire. In the statement announcing the recall, Toyota said no accidents, fires, injuries or fatalities have resulted from this condition.
The U.S portion of the recall includes 423,000 of the company’s Lexus vehicles, including LS models from model years 2007 through 2010; GS models from model years 2006 through 2011; IS models from model years 2006 through 2011; 2010 Model Year IS C; and IS-F model vehicles from model years 2008 through 2010.
Car makers worldwide have been under increased scrutiny this year regarding how fast they share information regarding defects, especially since GM tried to hide a defect with its ignition switches for more than a decade. But Toyota has had its own reputation problems with defects, as well, after they delayed a huge recall until they were forced to do so in 2009. In April of this year, Toyota recalled 6.39 million vehicles globally; its second-largest recall announcement ever; and in June it was forced to recall nearly 2.3 million vehicles globally because of a problem with faulty airbag inflators that spray shrapnel when they deploy; a problem that a number of other vehicle manufacturers have also had to deal with.
The company says it will notify the owners of the affected vehicles by first class mail, and that Lexus dealers will repair the defects with the pipe and re-install the fuel pressure sensor.
If you receive one of these recall notices, or your vehicle is one of those listed above, follow the instructions of the recall and have the problem repaired as soon as possible. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or killed because of an accident involving a potentially defective vehicle, please contact the experienced Texas Automobile Defect Attorneys at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible, so that we can look into the matter and help you protect your rights under the law.