The latest Lexus recall list by Toyota will include approximately 245,000 Lexus models sold in the United States. The Lexus models are being recalled because of a potential fuel leak that could cause a fuel odor in the car, leakage, or even worse. Could you be driving one of these defective products?
The following models are part of the Lexus Recall Models List:
- Lexus GS 300/350 (2006 and 2007 models)
- Lexus IS250 (2006 through early 2009 models)
- Lexus IS350 (2006 through early 2008 models)
Lexus Recall Information
The defect in the Lexuses is a fuel pressure sensor that can reportedly come loose. The fuel pressure sensor is connected to a pipe that delivers fuel to the engine, but if it is not sufficiently tight, it may eventually loosen enough to leak fuel. “There are no warnings that this condition will occur,” Toyota said in a press release. “However, if fuel is leaking from the fuel pressure sensor, in some instances a fuel odor may be noticed from the engine compartment.”
When Toyota obtains the parts it needs to fix the problem, it will send out Lexus recall notices asking owners to bring their cars in for inspection. The inspection should take about an hour, and if a repair is necessary, it should take about three hours. The repair will involve either tightening the sensor or replacing a gasket. Although the Lexus recall notices have not been sent yet, vehicle owners who are concerned about a leak can take their car to a dealership for an inspection at any time. The fix is free to the vehicle owner.
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Brian R. Lyons, a spokesperson for Lexus, described the leak as “very, very minute,” and would not speculate as to what the worst-case scenario would be if a vehicle were not repaired. “We don’t have any confirmed cases of accidents or injuries associated with this,” Lyons said. However, he added, “We do have one insurance claim that we have been unable to confirm at this point.”
It’s good that Toyota is recalling these defect products, but a fuel pressure sensor that leaks fuel has a serious potential to cause problems. If it were to injure someone, or cause a death, this would fall under product liability law, which covers flaws in the way a product (such as a fuel pressure sensor) is designed, manufactured, or marketed. Typical causes in defective product cases include warranty obligations, negligence, manufacturing and design problems and failure to warn about the problems.
When to Contact a Product Liability Law Attorney in Los Angeles
If you or anyone you know has been injured or killed as a result of a defect in some kind of product (such as a car), then you should speak to a product liability law firm. Product liability laws hold designers, manufacturers (such as Toyota), and sellers of all products responsible for the harm suffered by buyers and users of defective products.
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