An­other Toy­ota re­call

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THE world’s top car maker has been hit by more re­calls, with Aus­tralian mo­torists largely spared.

Toy­ota has an­nounced the vol­un­tary re­call of 1.7m ve­hi­cles world­wide, in­clud­ing some of its lux­ury Lexus mod­els, over a fuel leak.

This brings to nearly 12 mil­lion the re­calls since 2009 when ac­cel­er­a­tion prob­lems were blamed for fa­tal crashes over­seas.

The lat­est re­call af­fects only 4844 Aus­tralian own­ers of Lexus IS250 ve­hi­cles built be­tween Au­gust 2007 and Fe­bru­ary 2009.

Aus­tralian Toy­ota/Lexus spokesper­son Laura Hill said there have been no re­ports of ac­ci­dents due to the fuel leak. She said only one of the 117 world­wide re­ports of own­ers smelling leak­ing petrol was in Aus­tralia.

Lexus will no­tify own­ers by mail to make an ap­point­ment with their dealer for the free re­pair.

‘‘It takes be­tween two and three hours,’’ Ms Hill said.

‘‘It’s a small re­pair; tight­en­ing the fuel pres­sure sen­sor to the fuel de­liv­ery pipe, or re­plac­ing a gas­ket if there is a leak.’’

— MARKHINCHLIFFE

The lat­est re­call af­fects about 5000 Aus­tralian own­ers of Lexus IS250 ve­hi­cles

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