In recent years, a record number of recalls have resulted in car owners dealing with a lot of hassle. When vehicle owners buy a new car that turns out to have many problems, a Los Angeles lemon law attorney should be consulted to explore legal remedies. Consumers should also make certain they monitor for recalls on their vehicles so they can correct potentially serious problems before an accident happens due to a defect.
Lexus has now added to the list of recalled vehicles, as several different models are at risk of a fuel leak. Fuel leaks can be dangerous when an ignition source is present because there is a substantial risk of a vehicle starting on fire.
Potential Fuel Leak Leads to Lexus Recall
Car Connection reported on the Lexus recall, warning owners to be on the lookout for recall notices early in August. The affected vehicles include 2006 to 2013 IS 350 sedans; IS 350C convertibles from 2010 to 2014; GS 450h vehicles; and GS 350 midsize sedans from 2007 to 2011. In total, there are approximately 115,000 vehicles that are subject to recall by the car maker.
Each of the recalled vehicles has the same 3.5-liter V-6 engine with a potential defect. The problem is that the engine is equipped with diaphragm material in the fuel pulsation dampers which is not holding up well. The diaphragm material has been hardening over time, which can result in the material cracking. This, in turn, can cause fuel to leak.
Lexus has indicated that the car maker will replace the fuel delivery pipe for free with a new pipe that contains improved pulsation dampers. Vehicle owners can bring in their car and their safety recall notice to any Lexus dealer so that repairs can be made.
These Lexus vehicles are not the only ones with a potentially defective fuel delivery pipe that can result in leaks occurring. There was a separate recall already announced earlier this year on a Toyota Camry vehicle model from 2018 that also uses a similar 3.5-liter V-6 engine. The Toyotas were also recalled as a result of the risk that the diaphragm material in the pulsation dampers would crack and the vehicle would end up leaking.
Consumers can determine if their vehicle is affected by using the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has a special safety recall section. Car owners can simply enter their vehicle identification number (VIN) number and see if their car was affected either by this particular recent recall or by any recall due to a problem that affects car operation or safety.
Toyota, Lexus, and Scion also have their own website information available to car owners concerned their vehicle may be one of the cars subject to a recall. Owners can visit toyota.com/recall and enter their VIN number to see if their car is one of the ones with the potential to leak fuel.
While widespread recalls are common and make it possible for vehicle owners to take their cars in for free repairs, many car owners also experience repeated defects that don't lead to a broad recall. If your car is having problems, you should contact a Los Angeles lemon law attorney to find out about your options.