Toyota recalls about 19,000 UK cars

Nearly 19,000 vehicles are set to be recalled by Toyota after the company having announced potential faults in the fuel systems of the Avensis and Lexus IS 250 models.

Up to 15,500 UK-registered Toyota Avensis 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre petrol engine vehicles manufactured between July 2000 and September 2008, and around 3,100 Lexus IS 250 petrol engine cars produced between August 2007 and February 2009, will be eligible for free repair.

The repair service is aimed at fixing the faulty fuel system in the cars, which if not modified, might lead to leaks. Fixing the problem is expected to take around four-and-a-half hours.

This is the latest addition to the string of recalls that the manufacturer has had to deal with in the recent past.

Although the Japanese company says that there have been no accidents in relation to the problems, it is taking steps to ensure that the owners of these vehicles get their cars repaired.

Officials have said that they are writing to car owners about the problem and the suggested solution.

A statement released by the company said: "As a result of customer feedback in other markets worldwide, Toyota GB today announced it would recall a number of its Toyota Avensis and Lexus IS 250 models in the UK to carry out modifications to their fuel systems.

"It is working with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (Vosa) to contact registered owners and keepers by letter to advise them of the procedure for taking their vehicle to an authorised Toyota or Lexus repairer for the necessary repair work to be done."

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