Toyota are recalling some Toyota Avensis and Lexus IS 250 models in the UK to address problems with the fuel system.
Toyota must have a sinking feeling of deja vu today, as the spectre of last year came back to haunt.
2010 was the year of the Toyota Recall, with millions of cars worldwide recalled to address the ‘Throttlegate’ issue of sticky accelerator pedals. But today’s recall announcement is not in that league, affects less than 20,000 cars in the UK (although over 1 million worldwide) and there have been no reports of any accidents relating to the recall in the UK.
The recall affects two Toyota cars – the Toyota Avensis and the Lexus IS 250 – and no others, and relates to modifications required to their fuel systems
The Toyota Avensis models affected are 2.0 litre and 2.4 litre petrol cars produced between July 2000 and September 2008. Small cracks can potentially develop in the fuel pipe over long periods and the fuel pump check valve can be found to be inadequately tightened. The fix is a new pipe and fuel pump check valve. Fix time is up to four and a half hours, at no cost to the owner. Around 15,500 Toyota Avensis models in the UK are affected.
The Lexus IS 250 petrol engine models built between August 2007 and February 2009 are also affected. It has been found that the fuel pressure sensor can work loose and leak due to insufficient tightening. The repair is to tighten the fuel pressure sensor and, if there has been any fuel leaking, replace the gasket. Repair time is up to three hours, at no cost to the customer. Around 3,100 Lexus IS 250 models are affected in the UK.
If you want to double-check if your Avensis is affected you can go the the Toyota Avensis Recall page on Toyota’s website or call Toyota Customer Relations on 0844 701 6202.
If you want to check if your IS 250 is affected you can go to the Lexus IS 250 Recall page on the Lexus website or call the Lexus Contact Centre on 0845 1295 473.
But don’t fret over this if your car is affected. It’s not a big deal and Toyota will be contacting you to arrange a fix.