January 27, 2011 08:29
Toyota will recall 1.7 million vehicles in 24 models worldwide for various problems, the automaker said Wednesday. It is the firm's second-largest recall ever and the biggest since March of last year when it recalled 10 million cars due to faulty accelerator pedals.
Subject to the latest recall are 1.2 million units in 16 models sold in Japan, including the RAV4, Voxy, Noah and Avensis, which were produced between May 2000 and October 2008, as well as 140,000 units of the Avensis and another model sold overseas. In these models, potentially faulty fuel pumps and connecting pipes may cause fuel leaks.
The recall also includes 74,590 units of the Lexus IS250, Mark X and Crown sold in Japan that were manufactured between August 2007 and August 2009. They have a leakage problem involving a high-pressure fuel pump check valve and a fuel delivery pipe. Some 280,000 Lexus vehicles in four models sold outside Japan -- the IS250, IS350, GS300 and GS350 -- are also subject to the recall for the same reason.
Toyota Korea said it will issue a recall for the IS250, GS300 and GS350 here soon. As for imported RAV4s, sales began here in October 2009 so they are not affected.
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