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Toyota announced today that it's issuing a worldwide recall of about 250,000 vehicles, including 34,400 Lexus models in the U.S., for potential cracks in their fuel pipes. The Japanese domestic market was hit hardest by the recall, with some 215,020 cars affected including the Crown, Mark X and a few Lexus models built between December 2003 and December 2005. In the U.S., only particular 2006 Lexus GS300, IS 250 and IS 350 models are being recalled. No accidents have been reported due to the cracked fuel pipes that could leak, but Toyota will be replacing the old ones with newly designed fuel pipes when the recall begins next month.
We don't need to tell you that another recall is the last thing that Toyota needs right now. Already saddled with a high number of recalls this year and reeling from being knocked by Consumer Reports, the Japanese automaker is struggling to maintain its reputation for high quality while chasing General Motors to become the world's largest automaker.

[Source: CNN Money]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      THEY CAN AFFORD IT,THEIR RECALL FOR AS BAD AS IT SOUND IS DISMALL IN COMPARAISON WITH RECALL FROM GM/ FORD , TOYOTA QUALITY IS STILL FAR SUPERIOR :-}
      • 7 Years Ago
      Toy's been "decontenting" their vehicles for a number of years now and it's no surprise that their cars are far from bullet-proof. Interiors, engines, transmissions and The only surprise is that this isn't just a mere service-bulletin hug from Toy, so that they can sweep it under the carpet. Don't give them too much credit, because their initial dealing with the engine sludge issue was to blame the owners!
        • 7 Years Ago
        And also Lexus' initial action was to blame the consumer's for not knowing "how to drive the ES300 with the halting/hesitating/jerking 6-speed transmission. Lexus 'fix' was to reprogram the computer that controlled shifting. That 'fix' did absolutely nothing to solve the problem. I hate Lexus ES300's for this very reason. First car I ever owned with such a sorry shifting transmission.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Finally the Japanese bastards make the news on recalls. It has been going on for years, all the way back to my l974 Corolla.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The bigger they get, the harder they...look like GM.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What's a fuel pipe?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's like a Speed Hole.
      bob
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't understand why when Toyota has a recall it gets buried in small print somewhere under another headline, now if a domestic car company had a 215,000 unit recall it would be on the front page of every newspaper and internet sight available. These Toyota cars were never as good as they were cracked up to be by the toaster guys at consumer reports.
      • 7 Years Ago
      THEY CAN AFFORD IT ,IN PERSPECTIVE THIS RECALL AS BAD AS IT SOUND IS DISMALL IN COMPARAISON TO US CAR MANUFACTURER WHICH HAVE BEEN SELLING LEMON FOR YEARS.... THE ONLY REASON FOR THE LEMON LAW.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Personally, the fuel line issue doesn't surprise me after the oilgel fiasco which by the way, I'm still waiting for my Lexus ES300 to be fixed. I used to be a strong believer in the Lexus quality and service, but after the BS and red tape they've put me through for something that was their fault never again will I buy another and will tell anyone that will listen my story about the lack of service that I have received. Lexus, built on service? HA !! What a joke. In my opinion, don't waste your time thinking the company is any better than the rest. They are just an average joe and continue to prove it by not owning up to their so called commitment to excellence.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was talked down to by the mgr of our local Toyota dealership (Muncie, IN) when I asked about a deal on a new car. All he had to say was no, but I got a 15 min. lecture about how great Toyota is/was. I hope they have to recall all their cars, just so it will be a pain in that guy's neck.
      • 7 Years Ago
      GM doesn't get bashed for recalls, they get bashed for lack of recalls when they are clearly necessary.
      charlie
      • 7 Years Ago
      oooooooooooopppppppppppsssssssssss. 04...not 94
      charlie
      • 7 Years Ago
      I had a 96 avalon...........for 8 years. replaced 2 brake pads..........i now have a 94 camry. free of defects at this point.........most likely, my next vehicle will be toyota, unless the U.S. AUTO MAKERS get into building a comprable vehicle.
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