• Jan 26, 2011
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We won't blame you for reading this headline and thinking, "Oh great, another Toyota recall." After all, the Japanese automaker dominated headlines in 2010 by recalling every single model in its then-current product portfolio, including the massive sticky pedal and unintended acceleration recalls that took place in the first half of last year.

2006 Lexus GSNow, Toyota has issued a voluntary recall on about 245,000 Lexus sedans here in the United States and an additional 1.5 million vehicles around the world. Here in the U.S., the 2006-2007 Lexus GS 300 and GS 350, 2006-2009 Lexus IS 250 and 2006-2008 Lexus IS 350 sedans are being recalled due to faulty installation of fuel pressure sensors. If this sensor has not been fastened tightly enough, fuel has the potential to leak between the gasket that connects it to the fuel delivery pipes. Including these North American vehicles, the fuel sensor recall affects 354,524 vehicles around the world, with Automotive News citing that the Toyota Crown and Mark X sedans are being recalled in the automaker's home market.

Toyota's other global recall involves faulty fuel pipes and fuel check valves, though none of the 1.34 million vehicles affected by this one are in North America. In Japan, the RAV4 crossover, Voxy and Noah minivans are being recalled, as well as the Avensis sedan and wagon sold in Europe.

For full details on Toyota's recall here in the States, follow the jump for the automaker's official press release.




[Sources: Toyota, Automotive News – sub. req.]
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Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain 2006-2007 Lexus GS 300/350, 2006-2009 IS 250 and 2006-2008 IS 350 Vehicles to Inspect the Fuel Pressure

Toyota Motor Corporation announces separate recall involving certain vehicles not sold in North America


TORRANCE, Calif., January 26, 2011 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it will conduct a voluntary Safety Recall involving approximately 245,000 2006 through 2007 Lexus GS300/350, 2006 through early 2009 Lexus IS250, and 2006 through early 2008 Lexus IS350 vehicles sold in the U.S. to inspect the fuel pressure sensor installation.

Due to insufficient tightening of the fuel pressure sensor connected to certain engine fuel delivery pipes (those with Nickel Phosphorus plating), there is a possibility that the pressure sensor could loosen over time. If loosening occurs, fuel could leak past a gasket used in the connection between the sensor and the delivery pipe and through the threaded portion of the sensor.

Lexus dealers will inspect the vehicle for fuel leakage and if no leakage is found, will tighten the fuel pressure sensor with the proper torque. If a fuel leak is confirmed, the gasket between the sensor and the delivery pipe will be replaced and the sensor will be tightened with the proper torque. The inspection and possible gasket replacement will be conducted at no charge to the vehicle owner.

Owners of the involved vehicles will receive a safety recall notification by first class mail once the parts that may be needed have been obtained. Lexus will also post this information on its website. 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.

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) today announced a separate recall involving 1.3 million vehicles worldwide to remedy a different condition on a different fuel delivery pipe and a high pressure fuel pump check valve. TMC's recall announcement does not involve vehicles sold in North America.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Calling all fanboys to save the day for their beloved Toyota.....another blow to the mighty "Toyota Quality".....
        • 3 Years Ago
        The sheep will still flock. Don't you worry.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matt

        I heard he is having car trouble.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Willie

        +100
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Teflon coated Toyota is making news again, again and again. How anyone ever derived Toyota had great great quality is beyond me. Some of those recalls came from years ago when Consumer Reports was giving them great reports.

      In 2004 I bought a Toyota just to see what the hype was all about. I sold it with low mileage because problems after problems. Never again will I buy one.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They made great cars in the 80s and 90s, back when they emphasized quality over sales leadership. They even made a sporty car or two and if you listen to Toyota enthusiasts you might be inclined to believe that the Supra was faster than an F1 car and reliably makes 1,000 hp as a daily driver.
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      • 3 Years Ago
      The first car owned this car for the Lexus luxury IS-300 2012 Car at the top of luxury and comfort>>> Xi undescribable <<< Regards: memo alDossari
      • 3 Years Ago
      1.7 million??? Holy #$@&, now that's what I call a Recall!
      Nice job Toyota!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL.... Another week, another Toyota Recall...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Toyota has been making shoddy products for over a decade. Things have just finally gotten so bad that they got caught. If you stop and really think about it, you really don't see many "old" (10-15 years +) Toyotas on the road anywhere...because they've fallen apart. You used to see 20 year old Celicas and Corollas all the time...but now their cars seem to pretty much disappear after a few years.
      The last Toyota I owned was a complete piece of junk that still haunts my memory even though I disposed of it for a Mazda in 2001. It was so cheaply made, it didn't always start, pieces would fall off from under the dash and into the passenger footwell while I was driving on the freeway, and the blower motor for the air vents died, just to name a few of the many issues it had. My mom had owned Toyotas for years and loved them...they were all she bought. I owned 2 and I was a fanboy until that 2nd one, but it was such a piece of crap! I had no lengthy experience with Toyotas being reliable and all my Toyota reminded me of was a cheap GM product from the 70s. So, that was it for me! I felt like I had been completely ripped off! I swore I would NEVER buy another Toyota with my hard-earned money...and I won't!
      Most Toyota owners have had frequent, sometimes massive repair bills that they like to gloss over when talking about how reliable their vehicles are.
      Anyway, to make a long story shorter...Toyota has had quality issues for years...Toyota and it's buyers are just now finally facing up to the truth that their cars are poorly made and no more reliable than any other manufacturers....in many cases they are much worse!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well 2011 starts on a sour note for Toyota.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn...

      I have a serious question. We all like to make fun of Toyota (well some don't), but WTH is going on here? Why are they having all these problems? Here's what I know so far (please correct me if I'm wrong):

      The recalls involve models made in the US and elsewhere (can't blame it on US workers)
      The recalled models have been designed/engineered in the US and elsewhere (again can't blame the US employees).
      The models recalled range from cheap bread and butter Toyota's to expensive Lexus products.
      The recalls involve both mundane systems and critically important systems.

      I would really like to hear from those of you who have an engineering or manufacturing background. What's happened? A few ideas I have had:

      They were always this bad, just nobody knew it.
      They off loaded too much of their vehicle development to suppliers.
      They cut costs so much that they skimped on engineering/quality control.
      Rushed products to market before they were ready (good guess for the current Tundra).
      Massive retirement of the "old guard" and the new kids don't know jack.
      Sunspots :-)

      What get's me is the how systemic the whole thing is. It doesn't seem to matter where the vehicles are built, what market segment they are for, or who developed them.

      Comments?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Joe,

        Your reasoning is sound but remember when Toyota was number 3 and 2 in the world? That's still a lot of cars. Were they losing it then and we just didn't know it? Or did something happen between being number 2 and number 1?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I read in a Japanese Newspaper that Toyota actually used part time engineers, and engineers fresh out of school. This was done to save money, I almost fell off my chair. Engineers fresh out of school with zero real world experience if correct is absolute lunacy, that is if they are unsupervised which it sounded as though they were.
        • 3 Years Ago
        In my opinion, they made a commitment to being the biggest, or bust. They've since found that it's tough near the top, and every mistake you make is magnified, big time. What really lead to their issues is that they grew too fast, and this is a mistake that SOOOO many companies have made over the years. They also rested on their laurels in their new product development, since they had their reputation to fall back on.

        Even today, people tell me their in the market for a new car, and when I ask them what they're looking at, they say 'Toyota,' almost unequivocally. When you ask them what they think about the constant recalls, they explain them away by saying that their brother's sister's father had a Toyota for 20 years, and it never had any problems. Further, everything they know about US manufacturers might have been correct in the 1980s, but today, all they can say is that 'I had a Ford back in 1992, and the transmission went out on me after 100,000 miles.' They refuse to acknowledge that today's Ford and GM cars are worlds ahead of where they were even five years ago.

        The odd thing is that the same people that will buy Toyota because of their 'sterling' safety and reliability, will look at Hyundai's, simply because of the warranty, even after acknowledging that there's a change they might need to USE that warranty many times during the life of their car. I know Hyundai has made advances in leaps and bounds over where they were five years ago, but I know people (and this is anecdotal evidence, for sure) that have had failed transmissions, broken trim, broken radios, blown head gaskets, warped rotors, etc, etc, etc, in their new Hyundai's, bought within the last two years. I even know people that bought a Hyundai ten years ago, hated it, whined about constantly having to send the car for service during the warranty period, then bought a new Hyundai, only to start the cycle again.

        I guess all of this just makes people stupid.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everyone is having issues. Autoblog members likes to hate on Toyota.

      Ford Fusion is having issues too but it's not on Autoblog of course:

      http://eresearch.fidelity.com/eresearch/goto/evaluate/news/basicNewsStory.jhtml?symbols=F&storyid=201101251445RTRSNEWSCOMBINED_N25281419_1&provider=RTRSNEWS&product=COMBINED&productid=fmm_gadget
      • 3 Years Ago
      att : AUTOBLOG - according to 'Motortrend.com' printed about 2 days ago, GM has recalled more SUV's and Trucks yet this website has not printed an article about the recall ... why not !!

      Toyota has another embarrassing recall and it is printed imediately .. mmm !!

        • 3 Years Ago
        If that is true then i will apolozise, I will make the effort to have another look !!

        And while talking about quality time - i gather people like yourself will stop talking rot and perhaps even make a comment that is remotely truthful.

        Toyota makes a damn good product and that is a fact but they are equally experiancing some very embarrassing recalls.
        • 3 Years Ago
        att : Caddy V - To begin with, i have never defended Toyota for thier mischevious behaviour and it is without doubt the brand has made it's share of embarrassing mistakes over the past couple of years. Quite frankly, i hope those responsible within the company are held accountable including Watanabe. Admittedly, it has been extremely embarrassing, and yes - it has damaged Toyota's longstanding reputation.
        However ... i equally believe the topic has been heightened to be worse then what is it.

        Unintended acceleration was the focus for many months of which i have no hesitation believing there are genuine compliants but it quickly became obvious that bogus claims were also being submitted. From the beginning Toyota has stuck to it's guns explaining floormat entrapments and sticking accelerating pedals to be the problem while some people and departments publically slammed Toyota suggesting electronic related issues to be the culprit of which they had no supporting facts then and even today despite the exhaustive investigations by NHTSA, NASA and a range of other so-called experts have still not submitted any evidance to the contrary. Furthermore, those who very publically claimed electronic faults with Toyota and Lexus vehicles have gone very quiet on the subject. Infact, as i have stated in other topics - it is as if they have gone underground.

        Regarding recalls ... Toyota has certainly been very busy over the past 12 mths issuing a string of recalls but how many of those have been genuinely warranted - is Toyota now being over cautious ???

        Lets not forget NHTSA have not been without fault either. If my memory serves me correct i believe they were called to justify thier questionable behaviour to Congress.

        You also claimed Toyota to be a mid-level car maker. I disagree !!

        Despite the many embarrassing recalls that seems to be endless at this point, Toyota vehicles remain amoung the most reliable of any car maker particuarly Lexus which has rightfully established a solid reputation for impeccable build quality and this has been demonstarted with many awards and consistant high ratings in Quality / Cutomer Satisfaction Surveys throughout the world for many years. Infact, i believe Lexus was rated No.1 by JD Powers in North America for 12 consecative years supported by 7 consecative years in the UK also by JD Powers ... achievements like that simply do not happen by mistake.

        And while talking about insulting intelligence - General Motors has undoubtedly been the most ignorant and arrogant of all car makers and manufactuered amoung the poorest quality and most disgraceful cars that (unfortunately) ever graced the road. Furthermore - for many years GM publically ridiculed Toyota for investing into hybrid technology yet today they promote thier own advancement in the very technology they spent many years critising. If that is not arrogance of the greatest kind then you tell me what is !!

        In conclusion - when Toyota eventually recovers from their current fiasco, i assure you with absolute confidance they will become more competitive then what they have been for the past few years so the Detriot car makers better make the most of it now because it will be short lived ... mark my words !!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ok Shane, you want a truthful comment, here goes. It would be foolhardy to say Toyota and Lexus make junk, they don't. They also don't make the best that there is and at best, they are no better than any mid level auto maker out there and in some cases not as good. Ten years ago perhaps one could say they were slightly better than most, but not anymore. The last couple of years we've come to know Toyota as the Emporer with no clothes. They lived off the reputation of the past and lost sight of the direction they once headed in by focusing on one goal only, and that was to be number one at all costs. The same goal that dethroned GM and what is now driving VW. I have a career that is totally unrelated to the car business, but since the age of seven when I could name every make, model, engine, option, color, tire size etc. I live cars and collect them as well. I probably should have chosen a career somewhere in the auto field, but a hammer and tape measure sent me in another direction. Since 1967 I have owned every brand name of car built by the domestics with the exception of a Mercury or Plymouth and have only owned one import, a Lexus. As God is my witness, the only car that has ever left me stranded with the exception of running out of gas or being caught with a flat and no spare was the Lexus. After a sixty mile tow bill and ten days in the shop, the explanation was a bad timing sensor. Yeah, right. Twelve below zero with a thirty knot wind on the south shore of Lake Michigan gives me more than enouph reason to be bitter. Over the last fifteen years or so I've owned eight Cadillacs. I've said many times that the first time Caddy lets me down, I'll drop them like a hot potato. I can live with recalls, what I can't live with or tolerate is over the course of a three year lease on the Lexus it was in the shop for repairs, not recalls, more than all eight Caddies combined. That was the first and very last time Toyota will ever see one red cent from me. The last two years Toyota has been caught hiding recalls, keeping information from the NHTSA, liying to their customers, repairing defects on cars getting serviced what by any other standard should have been classified as a recall and not telling the customer, covering up major issues and just plain arrogance. Issues that without a doubt would have brought them to their knees had it not been for a massive pr campaign that insults the intellegence of the very people that buy their products. There's the truth, deal with it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They did report on the GM recall nine days ago. I know it's an undaunting task, but you need to spend some quality time on the blogs instead of spending all your time repairing your Toyota. Even God took a day off.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good point. If I had a dollar for every domestic I have owned with dangeropus problems that the D3 did NOT recall I could retire right now.....

      Kudos to Toyota for taking care of their customers!
      • 3 Years Ago
      @theedude: Exactly. GM had like double the recalls of Toyota even in 2009 which was one of Toyota's worst years. I wonder why Autoblog never talks about that little fact.
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