On November 21, 2014 Toyota announced the recall of 422,509 Lexus vehicles due to a fuel line defect near an ignition source that could lead to deadly fires. Vehicles recalled are the 2007-2010 Lexus LS models manufactured from May 09, 2006 – July 20, 20, the 2006-2011 Lexus GS vehicles produced from January 06, 2005 – September 10, 2010, and the 2006-2011 Lexus IS models manufactured from August 30, 2005 – September 10, 2010.
The problem is that fuel may leak where the fuel pressure sensor is attached to the fuel delivery pipe. The fuel delivery pipes in the subject vehicles were manufactured with Nickel Phosphate plating to protect against corrosion but some of the pipes apparently were produced with plating particles on the gasket surface where the fuel pressure sensor is installed that could degrade and cause a leak near the ignition source resulting in a fire.
Toyota plans to repair the gasket surface of the fuel delivery pipe where the fuel pressure sensor is installed, replace the gasket with a new one, and re-install the fuel pressure sensor. Toyota expects to begin contacting owners of the affected vehicles soon.
Ford has had similar problems with fuel line leaks over the past three years.
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