Toyota on Wednesday said it was recalling nearly 1.7 million cars worldwide for fuel leaks, the latest in a ballooning number of quality problems.
The recalls are mostly in Japan, but they also include the IS and GS Lexus luxury models in North America, where the world’s No 1 automaker faces the biggest obstacles as the resurgent domestic auto industry fights back.
There were no accidents related to the latest recall, Toyota said. The car maker seems to be going aggressive with recalls, carrying them out quickly before they turn into bigger problems, industry experts said.
The biggest recall among those announced Wednesday was to fix a faulty fuel pump and connecting pipe in 1.34 million vehicles, including the Noah minivan and other models sold in Japan as well as 141,000 Avensis units sold overseas. That is Toyota’s biggest recall in six years and its second-biggest ever for a single defect, said Toyota spokeswoman Shiori Hashimoto.
Toyota said it was also recalling around 335,000 Lexus units sold overseas, including about 245,000 sold in the US, due to trouble with a fuel pressure sensor connected to an engine fuel delivery pipe.
Other recalls are about 75,000 Crown models and about 6,200 TownAce vans, and some 6,000 trucks made by group company Daihatsu Motor Co.
Toyota's Hashimoto declined to say how much all this would cost the Japanese carmaker.
Toyota became the world’s biggest automaker in annual vehicle sales three years ago, a spot it has held on since then despite being beset by quality issues and vehicle recalls.