The latest 2010 Toyota recall is actually a Lexus recall. The Lexus recall will apply to all 2010 Lexus HS 250h cars, of which there appears to be 17,000 that are affected by this latest recall. This will also be the second recall on the Lexus HS 250h vehicles, as a voluntary recall was issued back on February 8th, when owners began reporting that there was an inconsistent feeling to the brakes. These was just one more in a line of potential brake problems that Toyota manufactured vehicles had been experiencing, and they were quick to react to the risks that started to appear in their Lexus line. Now this latest recall could really start having purchasers of the Lexus HS 250h line of vehicles question whether they will stick with Lexus in the long term.
The Lexus recall website will keep us updated on what will take place with the latest recall, but it was actually a CNN article that broke the news before Lexus told all of their customers. This new Lexus recall is a bit scarier than some of the others, as it reveals that in crash testing, that too much gasoline was spilling from the vehicles. The company released a brief statement on the finding Friday, and it seems pretty obvious that they find it to be a safety concern when it comes to the fuel tanks on these vehicles. It was actually the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that released the findings, placing the Lexus HS 250h outside the parameters of acceptable gasoline spillage resulting from an accident. This was not the same result that Toyota had found in their testing, but that won’t really matter in the end.
This is another one of those car recalls that are more verbal than anything else, and that Lexus hasn’t even confirmed with all of its customers yet. We call this a ‘verbal’ recall, because Toyota (and Lexus) have not yet identified how they are going to fix this problem, meaning that owners are not going to have their vehicles physically recalled until they come up with a solution. The recall does mean that Lexus dealers cannot sell any of their 2010 Lexus HS 250h vehicles in stock until they are updated with a fix, meaning they could also suffer if Lexus doesn’t fix the issue soon. There isn’t a lot of information to go off of when it comes to a duration of time before a fix is implemented, but hopefully Lexus will update their recall information for customers very soon.
Lexus Recall Information
CNNMoney.com; Julianne Pepitone; Toyota recalls 17,000 Lexus cars