Vijay Pattni26 January 2011

Toyota recalls 18,000 cars in the UK

Car maker announces nationwide recall of Avensis and Lexus IS250 models over fuel system concerns

Toyota Avensis

Toyota has issued a recall for more than 18,000 cars sold in the UK following concerns over fuel systems.

The Japanese car maker has recalled around 15,500 UK-registered Avensis 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre petrol engine models built between July 2000 and September 2008, over fears that small cracks can develop in the fuel pipe after a long period of time.

There are also fears that the fuel pump check valve has been insufficiently tightened, and both these issues, ‘may cause fuel to leak', says Toyota.

The issue affecting the Lexus IS250 - on cars built between August 2007 and February 2009 - is related to the fuel pressure sensor, which Toyota says could be insufficiently tightened and become loose. In very rare cases fuel could leak.

Around 3,100 Lexus IS250 models are affected by the recall.

Jon Williams, managing director of Toyota GB, said: "We will liaise with our customers to carry out the repair procedures as efficiently as possible, with minimal disruption."

Toyota estimates the repair for the Avensis will take between two and four-and-a-half hours to complete, and the IS up to three hours. No accidents have been reported in the UK related to these conditions.

Last year the company recalled nine million vehicles globally following two separate issues resulting in jammed throttles.

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