Toyota recalls UK cars over fuel concerns

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Toyota recalls UK cars over fuel concerns

26th January 2011

Toyota has today announced a recall of nearly 19,000 cars in the UK over concerns about possible problems with fuel systems.

The car manufacturing giant said hundreds of Toyota Avensis and Lexus IS 250 models could be at risk of fuel leaks if they are left unmodified.

Sam Harmel, a defective product specialist at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said: "Although there have reportedly been no accidents linked to this latest problem, Toyota is recalling these vehicles as part of a global recall of nearly 1.7 million vehicles."

This is the latest recall to affect the Japanese car manufacturer, following a number of safety concerns over the last two years.

"Japan's Transport Ministry stated that cracks had been reported on fuel pipes, which if left untreated, could widen and cause fuel leakages," said Sam, a partner with the firm. "Toyota, together with the UK Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), is now contacting owners of the affected vehicles by post, to arrange for their cars to be modified by authorised repairers."

About 15,500 British owners of Toyota Avensis 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre petrol engine models, produced between July 2000 and September 2008, are expected to be contacted about the free repair, which can take up to four-and-a-half hours to complete. Another 3,100 UK-registered Lexus IS 250 petrol engine vehicles, produced between August 2007 and February 2009, are also said to be affected.

"These latest problems to beset Toyota are yet another chapter in a series of quality control issues to have hit the troubled car manufacturer recently," said Sam. "Despite this latest setback, Toyota is demonstrating its commitment to putting customers first by promising to complete repair procedures as efficiently and with as minimal disruption as possible."

Since 2009, nearly 16 million cars worldwide have been recalled by Toyota.

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