• Jun 25, 2010
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Back in the 1970s, the Ford Pinto was the focus of many headlines due to a fuel tank issue which caused excessive amounts of gasoline to leak during a rear-end collision. Now, three decades later, Lexus is having a similar problem with its HS250h hybrid, and has filed a report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue a voluntary recall of these vehicles. Up to 17,000 of the luxury hybrids are affected.

In the case of the HS, excessive fuel leakage occurred during rear-end collisions at speeds of 50 miles per hour. We don't need to remind you about the dangers of excessive fuel spillage, but let's just say that the end result can be very, very bad.

As of this writing, Lexus has not advised NHTSA about what steps will be taken to fix the defective HS models. Make the jump for the full details.



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Toyota Files Noncompliance Information Report on Certain 2010 Lexus HS 250h Vehicles

TORRANCE, Calif., June 25, 2010 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today filed a Noncompliance Information Report (NCIR) with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), informing the agency of the company's intent to conduct a voluntary safety recall of potentially 17,000 2010 model year Lexus HS 250h vehicles to address a compliance issue with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 301.

As part of its annual compliance testing program, the NHTSA recently conducted a test of the 2010 model year HS 250h. The test involved striking the vehicle with a deformable barrier from the rear at approximately 50 mph. The vehicle is struck by a moving deformable barrier with a 70 percent overlap. As part of the test, the vehicle was then rotated on its longitudinal axis incrementally to each successive increment of 90 degrees. During the rotation, the vehicle exhibited fuel spillage that exceeded the requirement in the standard.

During vehicle development, Lexus tested the HS 250h using the same protocol and found the vehicles to comply fully with the FMVSS 301. Lexus is currently working to identify the reason for the different test results and the cause of this noncompliance.

"Even though our own testing of the Lexus HS 250h shows full compliance with federal fuel system integrity standards, we are working intensely to duplicate the noncompliance issue that the NHTSA identified and to determine the reason behind the different test results," said Steve St. Angelo, Toyota chief quality officer for North America.

At the present time, Lexus has not identified a remedy to address this issue, but it is working hard to do so promptly and will notify owners as soon as one is developed. Until then, as required by federal law, dealers will not deliver any new vehicles in their inventory that are covered by this NCIR until remedied.

Detailed information about this recall is available through Lexus Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-25 LEXUS or 1-800-255-3987 or at www.lexus.com/recall.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah Dooogy, I noticed that too. The writer had to bring up the Pinto and the Ford name, Trying to tie this piece of crap Toyota to Ford. Ford no longer has any connection to the Lexus. Go Ford!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guess the $1M per hour that they mentioned in their commercials didn't catch this one
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not much of a "Fuel Saver" then
        • 4 Years Ago
        excessive fuel leakage implies it is supposed to leak some fuel by design......just sayin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think most cars stop being very efficient after getting rear-ended at 50mph...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd go even further - take it out and shoot it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Brenda

        Oh, so that's why we should all go to your website?
        Brenda
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, Toyota Http://www.hybridcarplace.com just continues to have issues.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perhaps somebody should inform Lexus that the Pinto is not the best vehicle to use as an engineering example?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Actually most of you people are idiots! The USA government is going to do all they can to bash Toyota so they can boost their crappy car sales. These cars are the best made in the world and someone mentioned that Ford had nothing to do with Lexus..you are right..but they have connection to Mazda..another Japanese car manufacturer that the Japanese engineers designed the platforms that Ford is now using...Focus..Mazda 3 Escape..Tribute Feista......Mazda 2 etc etc. Toyota still has the number one World's best selling car for the ....16th year..I lost count.
      Most of you rednecks are ranting and raving on here about buying the little three's product...too late. The American people have spoken..we love the foriegn cars better!
      Ford trucks parts are 75% foriegn...the Camry has more American parts then any American car today....you are all idiots. Chevy bailed on the workers in Nummi when they had a partnership with Toyota. Toyota teamed up with Telsa and reopen the plant and rehired the idiots who worked for chevy the first time around.
      American cars suck!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't suppose Lexus would consider recalling the HS 250h for being excessively ugly and excessively pointless.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good one .....couldn't stop laughing!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've seen exactly *one* of those here (it was last week), in a metropolitan area of more than six million (DFW). And I see *tons* of Priuses, so it's not like people aren't buying hybrids.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have never seen one in real life. Of course it may just be that they blend in with all the corollas driving around.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have seen one of these in my area and I thought it was a corolla at first glance. I spent the past week in California visiting family and I did not see a single one out there in import land.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now if Lexus would only take responsibility for all the cars that have oil gel problems, MAYBE some of the former loyal customers (myself included) might consider investing in another Toyota/Lexus vehicle. But alas.... they continue to deny the problem exists or compensate those of us who have a defective vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And By The way,The Ford FOCUS is NOT built on a Mazda Platform...It is a Ford of Europe design..Get your facts straight...MORON!!!!And also Ford uses no more "Foreign" parts than anyone else in the auto industry does...And By the way,I KNOW FOR A FACT from a friend who works at the Toyoat plant in Georegtown Ky,that the world famous Accelerating problems Toyota and Lexus are now facing is due to an Accelerator mechanism MADE FOR TOYOTA IN CHINA!!!!! So There!!!! Shut up about Ford!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      With a name like "Toyotadiehard" I think we all know who the true "asswipe" is....
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it's great that they are being proactive about these recalls. Better this than something bad happening and then action being taken :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its a lie! All lies!!! This is an amazing car, a well sculpted piece of art! Just...just look at the quality, its unbeatable, and omg these finishes are to die for! And its a hybrid, so i'm totally saving the environment! It's a lie, this article is a sham, it just ::sobb:: ....it just ::sniffle:: .. it just makes me want to cry! Just because the gooberment doesn't own Toyota doesn't mean you can tear them apart at every corner! Meanies...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Somebody pass Toyoda-san the Kleenex.
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