Hooray! More Toyotas recalls because of fuel leak problem
Toyota are going to have to go through the laborious process of recalling almost 1.7 million cars worldwide over concerns about a possible fuel leakage. Most of the models being called-in are in Japan, but it around 15,500 Avensis and 3,100 Lexus models are going to be recalled in the UK.
It has been warned that cracks could appear in fuel pipes which may well cause fuel leakages. Of course, Toyota are offering to sort it out for you. "Slight cracks may appear on the engine fuel pipes. If the car continues to be used, the crack may be widened and there may be risks of fuel leakage," the Japanese ministry said.
In the US, Toyota have been recalling 245,000 Lexus models, which include the GS300/350 models made in 2006 and 2007, IS250s models made between 2006 and early 2009, and Lexus IS350 models produced between 2006 and early 2008. If you have one of those and have been wondering why you've been spending so much money on petrol, you might have a reason why now.
If you do have a car that's affected, you'll be getting a grovelling letter in the post shortly.
In the UK, Toyota said that they are going to be recalling Avensis 2.0 litre and 2.4 litre petrol-engined models made between July 2000 and September 2008, as well as 3,100 Lexus IS250 petrol-engined models made between August 2007 and February 2009.
"We will liaise with our customers to carry out the repair procedures as efficiently as possible, with minimal disruption," said Toyota UK's managing director Jon Williams.
This is the latest in a series of balls-ups from Toyota who are now the largest carmakers in the world. In the past 18 months, they've recalled 12 million cars in 14 separate recalls. The one that was the most fun was the time they called-in a load of cars because they thought the accelerator pedal might get stuck on the floormat, leaving you to career around killing everyone.
It's little wonder that Toyota had to cough-up a record fine of $32.4m (£20.8m) following a $16.4m penalty in April, over its handling of the recalls.