Lexus recalls over 17,000 UK cars1.5m Lexus models are affected worldwide

21 October 2010

The IS is one Lexus model affected

The IS is one Lexus model affected

Lexus has launched two voluntary recalls on cars dated back to 2003.

The Japanese firm, owned by Toyota, has issued recalls on its IS, GS and RX models after finding a potential brake fluid leak that could significantly reduce braking performance.

Lexus has discovered that a seal between the brake master cylinder and the brake booster may turn in its seat, which would result in brake fluid leaking into the brake booster.

Despite Lexus claiming this is unlikely to happen, and that a driver would be alerted by a low brake fluid warning light, it said brakes would perform normally for just 200 miles if the leak did occur.

Approximately 15,400 cars are expected to be recalled in the UK, with the call-back affecting the relevant models built between February 2003 and November 2005.

However, the manufacturer states that it hasn’t had any reports of accidents due to the problem.

Read our Lexus IS reviews or find out what we thought of the Lexus RX

Another blow for Toyota

Richard Headland, Motoring Editor at Which?, said: "This is another blow for Toyota, but it's good to see it taking responsibility and conducting a full recall.

"If you own one of the Lexus models in question, you should be contacted with instructions on what to do with your car. In the meantime, check the brake fluid level has not dropped to the minimum level - if you're not sure how to do this, check your owner's handbook or ask your mechanic to have a look. Pay attention to the brakes and if you have any concerns, take your car to a Lexus centre immediately."

Read the Which? review of the Lexus GS

Fuel pump recall for GS 300 models

A second recall has also been launched concerning the fuel pump of GS 300 models built between September 2004 and February 2006.

According to Lexus, expansion and contraction of the fuel tank may stretch the fuel pump's electrical harness, breaking the circuit and stopping the engine without warning.

Just 2,081 UK cars are expected to be recalled, again without any reported accidents happening as a result of the fault.

These new issues are the latest in a raft of recalls by Toyota Motor Corporation in 2010. They follow the well-documented sticking accelerator problem in January, Prius ABS call-backs in February and Land Cruiser recalls due to steering issues at the end of July.

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