Toyota has issued a recall for over 200,000 Lexus GS IS and LS models for a fuel system corrosion problem caused by ethanol use over an extended period. Please read the details below.
Manufacturer: Toyota Motor North America
Lexus / GS 2006-2007
Lexus / IS 2006-2008
Lexus / LS 2007-2008
NHTSA Campaign Number: 09V020000
Potential Units Affected: 214570
Problem: Toyota is recalling 214,570 model year 2006-2008 Lexus IS, model year 2006-2007 GS and model year 2007-2008 LS passenger vehicles equipped with aluminum fuel delivery pipes (fuel rails). Ethanol fuels with a low moisture content will corrode the internal surface of the fuel rails. As this condition progresses, the engine malfunction indicator light may illuminate. Over time, the corrosion may create a pinhole resulting in fuel leakage. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire.
Corrective Action: Dealers will inspect and replace the fuel delivery pipes free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during February 2009. Owners may contact Toyota/Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.