Fuel leaks could cause a fire in 21,700 vehicles.
Automotive recalls are never a good thing obviously, but when they involve fire, that’s usually worse. That’s the crux of a recall announced today by Toyota, involving the Camry and a range of Lexus models going back to 2015. 21,700 vehicles are included in the recall, which points to the potential for fuel leaks that could cause a fire. Though lumped together in a single recall, there are actually two separate problems for the Camry and Lexus cars.
Specifically, 2018 model-year Toyota Camrys could have fuel lines in the engine compartment that weren’t properly connected. 11,800 Camrys are affected, with symptoms obviously being a fuel odor. Should a leak be present that contacts an ignition source, a fire could develop.
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The second issue involves leaking fuel pumps on certain Lexus vehicles, including the 2015 - 2018 RC F, 2016 - 2018 GS F, and 2018 LC 500 models. The problem here lies with fuel pump covers, which could become damaged over time and cause fuel to leak out. Again, should the leaking fuel find an ignition source, things would get hot in a hurry. 9,900 Lexus models are currently affected by this recall.
In both cases, Toyota and Lexus dealers will inspect affected vehicles and repair or replace components as needed, free of charge. The automaker thus far hasn’t mentioned any reports of leaks or fires from affected cars, nor have there been any reports of injuries resulting from these issues. Toyota says owners of recalled vehicles will begin receiving notices in the mail in early April. Here’s hoping none of the cars erupt into flames between now and then, but Toyota directs people to call its Customer Experience Center at 800-331-4331, or the Lexus Guest Experience Center at 800-255-3987.
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TOYOTA RECALLS CERTAIN CAMRY AND LEXUS RC F, GS F AND LC 500 VEHICLES
PLANO, Texas, February 14, 2018 – Toyota Motor North America, Inc. today announced that it is
conducting separate safety recalls in the U.S. of approximately 11,800 Model Year 2018 Toyota Camry
vehicles and approximately 9,900 Model Year 2015 ‐ 2018 Lexus RC F, Model Year 2016 – 2018 Lexus GS
F and Model Year 2018 Lexus LC 500 vehicles.
During the assembly process, there is the possibility that the fuel pipes and the fuel hoses in the engine
compartment were not properly connected. This condition could lead to a fuel odor or fuel leak. A fuel
leak in the presence of an ignition source could increase the risk of a fire.
For all involved vehicles, Toyota dealers will inspect the fuel pipes and the fuel hoses, and if necessary,
properly connect them at no cost to customers. All known owners will receive a notification by first
class mail by late March.
Lexus RC F, GS F and LC 500
The involved vehicles are equipped with two high pressure fuel pumps. There is a possibility that the
cover of one of these pumps could become damaged over time and lead to a fuel leak. A fuel leak in the
presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a fire.
For all involved vehicles, Lexus dealers will replace both high‐pressure fuel pumps with improved ones at
no cost to customers. All known owners will receive a notification by first class mail starting in early
Information about automotive recalls, including but not limited to the list of involved vehicles, is subject
to change over time. For the most up‐to‐date Safety Recall information on Toyota, Lexus or Scion
vehicles, customers should check their vehicle’s status by visiting toyota.com/recall and enter the
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). Safety Recall inquiry by individual VIN is also available at the
NHTSA site: nhtsa.gov/recalls.
For any additional questions, customer support is also available by calling the Toyota Customer
Experience Center at 1.800.331.4331 or the Lexus Guest Experience Center at 1.800.255.3987.