Concern over a possible fuel leakage has forced Japanese carmaker Toyota to recall 1.7 million cars globally this year.
The world’s biggest carmaker will recall 1.2 million vehicles in Japan alone, while the rest 421,000 will be in outside Japan. In UK, the carmaker will recall 3,100 Lexus and 15,500 Avensis models.
Although no accidents have been recorded because of the defect, Japanese transport ministry said that cracks may develop leading to fuel leakage in pipes if left untreated.
“Slight cracks may appear on the engine fuel pipes. If (the vehicle) continues to be used, the crack may be widened and there may be risks of fuel leakage”, the statement issued by the ministry said.
Japan has registered 140 such problems till date. Toyota said some Lexus models will also be included in the recall.
Giving details of the proposed voluntary recall of Lexus models in the US, Toyota said these included Lexus IS350 models made between 2006 and early 2008, IS250 models made between 2006 and 2009 and GS300 and GS350 models built in 2006 and 2007. The carmaker will notify the owners through mail, the company said.
The company will recall 3,100 Lexus cars in the UK made between August 2007 and February 2009 and 15,500 Avensis made between July 2000 and September 2008.
Toyota had made 14 similar recalls last year and has recalled 12 million cars in the last 18 months.
Toyota had paid $16.4 million in April in the US over its handling of recalls while last month the company agreed to pay a fine of $32.4 million to the authorities in fines.
Toyota had sold 8.42 million cars worldwide, ahead of America’s General Motors’ total sales of 8.39 million and maintaining the number one position for the third straight year.