Toyota Recalls 21.7K Vehicles for Fuel Leaks

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Feb. 16, 2018—Toyota announced a recall on Wednesday, involving the Camry and a range of Lexus models going back to 2015.

Around 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. Around 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.

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.

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.

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