LEXUS NEWS
VOLUNTARY RECALL

01/31/2011—Just in case you haven’t heard about last week’s voluntary recall affecting some Lexus IS and GS models, here’s the info, which is also posted on the Lexus website.

“TORRANCE, Calif., January 26, 2011 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it will conduct a voluntary Safety Recall involving approximately 245,000 2006 through 2007 Lexus GS300/350, 2006 through early 2009 Lexus IS250, and 2006 through early 2008 Lexus IS350 vehicles sold in the U.S. to inspect the fuel pressure sensor installation.

Due to insufficient tightening of the fuel pressure sensor connected to certain engine fuel delivery pipes (those with Nickel Phosphorus plating), there is a possibility that the pressure sensor could loosen over time. If loosening occurs, fuel could leak past a gasket used in the connection between the sensor and the delivery pipe and through the threaded portion of the sensor.

Lexus dealers will inspect the vehicle for fuel leakage and if no leakage is found, will tighten the fuel pressure sensor with the proper torque. If a fuel leak is confirmed, the gasket between the sensor and the delivery pipe will be replaced and the sensor will be tightened with the proper torque. The inspection and possible gasket replacement will be conducted at no charge to the vehicle owner.”

If you drive a Lexus vehicle affected, just look for the safety recall notification in the mail, which will be sent once the parts that may be needed arrive. (Note that the letter will be mailed to the address on your vehicle's state department of motor vehicles registration.)

Of course, if you have any questions, Lexus Customer Satisfaction is at your service at 1-800-25 LEXUS or 1-800-255-3987; you’ll also find more information at www.lexus.com/recall.

—BRIAN GILL, MANAGING EDITOR