Lexus will recall 423,000 older models in the U.S. market over concerns that the cars could catch fire. It’s part of a larger global recall that affects 759,000 Toyota and Lexus cars worldwide.
In affected cars, the fuel lines inside the engine bay are coated in a special anti-corrosion plating to prevent rusting. Some of these lines may have been manufactured incorrectly, with leftover plating particles left of the pipes. That could prevent a rubber gasket between the pipe and a fuel pressure sensor from sealing properly, potentially allowing fuel to leak in the engine bay.
Although Lexus says it doesn’t have any reports of engine fires or injuries due to this problem, the company plans to recall affected cars. Dealers will repair the surface of the fuel lines and install a new rubber gasket.
Earlier this year, as part of its $1.2 billion settlement with the federal government over delays in recalling cars for unintended acceleration problems, Toyota appointed former U.S. Attorney David Kelley as an independent monitor to oversee all of the company’s safety efforts, including the process that leads to a vehicle recall.