Nearly 115K Lexus Vehicles Recalled
July 6, 2018—Toyota Motor North America, Inc. is organizing a safety recall involving Lexus IS and GS models due to the possible risk of a fuel leak which may lead to a fire, The Drive reports.
The vehicles involved include the Lexus IS 350 of the model years 2006-2013, IS 350C of the model years 2010-2014, and GS 350 of the model years 2007-2011 as well as GS 450h vehicles. As per the manufacturer, about 115,000 units are involved in the United States.
The affected vehicles are those equipped with a certain 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine. The notice specifically states that “The diaphragm material in the fuel pulsation dampers in this engine may harden over time and crack, causing fuel to leak. A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a vehicle fire.”
As part of the recall procedure, Lexus dealers will replace the fuel delivery pipe with a new unit with improved pulsation dampers at no cost to the owners for all recalled vehicles. Toyota will initiate the process by notifying owners of those vehicles of the recall by first class mail, sometime in early August.
Taking Advantage of Recalls
CCC Information Services recently made a push to alert collision repair shops of how advantageous it can be to alert customers to recalls. By informing drivers of important repairs that can be fixed at the dealership for free, Jim Kinsherf, vice president for CCC's OEM division, says body shops can retain more customers for future work.