Toyota announces global recall of nearly 1.7M vehicles for fuel leak

Toyota's recall woes continue into 2011 as the automaker launches a massive global recall covering over 15 models and nearly 1.7 million vehicles worldwide.

Toyota faced a record number of recalls in 2010, but it appears the Japanese automaker is off to a similar start in 2011 as a global recall has been announced that will encompass nearly 1.7 million vehicles worldwide.

The recall stems from defects in the fuel system blamed on insufficient tightening of a fuel pressure sensor which connects to an engine fuel delivery pipe. Due to the lack proper fitment, over time the pressure sensor can become loose and leak fuel out of a gasket used in the connection between the sensor and the pipe.

Outside of the U.S. the recall includes the Avensis sedan and station wagon models in Europe, as well as roughly a dozen models in the automaker's domestic market of Japan, according to the Associated Press.

In the U.S. the affected vehicles include 2006 through 2007 Lexus GS300 and GS350 models, as well as 2006 through early 2009 IS250 vehicles and 2006 through early 2008 IS350 sedans. Dealers will inspect vehicles to determine is a leak has developed, and if not, torque the fitment of the fuel pressure sensor to complete the service. Should a leak be located, a gasket will also need to be replaced in addition to torquing all parts to proper specs.

Toyota says there is no way to determine if the vehicle suffers from the loose fitting without a visual inspection, so the automaker will be sending notices to owners once they have the parts in place to perform the necessary repairs.

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