Toyota Recalls Avensis and Lexus IS 250 models in the UK – One of the famous car manufacturers, Toyota, has called in approximately 19,000 cars in the United Kingdom due to the concerns about possible problems with fuel systems.
The company said that hundreds of Toyota Avensis and Lexus IS 250 models could be at risk of fuel leaks and will need to be modified by mechanics. But it also said that there had been no accidents suspected of being related to the defects.
The company’s officials said they were writing to the owners of the affected vehicles to arrange repairs. The move is part of a recall of almost 1.7 million vehicles internationally.
In a statement, Toyota Company said: “As a result of customer feedback in other markets worldwide, Toyota GB today announced it would recall a number of its Toyota Avensis and Lexus IS 250 models in the UK to carry out modifications to their fuel systems. It is working with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (Vosa) to contact registered owners and keepers by letter to advise them of the procedure for taking their vehicle to an authorized Toyota or Lexus repairer for the necessary work to be done.”
Almost 15,500 British owners of Toyota Avensis 2.0 Liter and 2.4 Liter petrol engine models which were produced between July 2000 and September 2008, are entitled for the free repair. The repair would take up to four-and-a-half hours.
On the other hand, nearly 3,100 UK-registered Lexus IS 250 petrol engine vehicles which were produced between August 2007 and February 2009, are also affected.
Jon Williams, the managing director of Toyota GB PLC said: “We are committed to putting the customer first and have a total focus on the quality of all products. We will liaise with our customers to carry out the repair procedures as efficiently as possible, with minimal disruption.”
Japan’s transport ministry announced that slight cracks could appear in fuel pipes which may cause leakages if untreated. If the car is continued to be used, the crack may be widened and there may be risks of fuel leakage.