Lexus launches voluntary UK recalls

Luxury car maker Lexus has announced two voluntary recalls in Britain over brake master cylinder and fuel pump problems affecting its IS, GS and RX models.

The first recall involves nearly 15,400 UK-registered IS, GS and RX vehicles from the February 2003 to November 2005 model years affected by a brake master cylinder defect.

Around 2,081 UK-registered GS 300 models built between September 2004 and February 2006 are included in the second recall concerning problems with the fuel pump.

Lexus, which is a division of Japanese auto maker Toyota, said the first recall involves nearly two hours of repair work to replace a small seal and check for any fluid contamination in the brake booster.

According to the firm, the recalled GS 300 models are affected by problems involving expansion and contraction of the fuel tank, which may stretch the fuel pump's electrical harness. This may lead to a break in the circuit, causing the fuel pump, and so the engine, to stop without warning.

The repair work for these models would include replacing the fuel pump wiring harness and would take about three hours.

Lexus, which said that no accidents caused due to the problems have been reported yet, is working with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) to contact owners by letter to advise them about instructions to take their vehicle to a company centre or service outlet for the necessary repair work.

Repair work in both the recalls will be done at no cost to the customer, the company has said.

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