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Lexus recalls 4,000 UK cars

Fuel pipe fault forces IS and GS recalls

Lexus IS saloon

Nearly 4,000 UK Lexus owners affected

Nearly 4,000 UK Lexus owners are being contacted regarding concerns relating to a faulty fuel pipe.

Two models are affected: Lexus IS250s produced between June and December 2005 and GS300s manufactured from September 2004 to November 2005. Faulty fuel line manufacture could lead to a fuel leak on the affected cars, according to Japanese officials.

Lexus will contact UK owners via the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) asking them to arrange a dealer visit for a three-and-a-half-hour repair job.

Customer goodwill

Lexus spokesman Alun Parry said: ‘We will be looking to replace the fuel pipe on the car for free. We will be preparing some kind of customer goodwill package as we did when these incidents have arisen before.’

Mr Parry said there had been no reports of fuel pipe problems with Lexus cars in the UK or anywhere else in Europe. There were 39 cases of fuel leaks reported in Japan but no injuries, according to the Transport Ministry there.

On-going checks

‘There is no danger. This is just part of on-going checks. There is a potential fault in the seam welding of the fuel pipe,’ Mr Parry added.

The recall affects a total of 264,000 Lexus vehicles sold globally.

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