Despite recent protestations by a senior Toyota executive that the worst of the maker’s safety problems are behind it, the Japanese giant is getting 2011 off to a shaky start.
The potentially faulty installation of fuel pressure sensors is forcing the maker to recall 245,000 sedans in the U.S. And, unusually, the recall is significantly larger overseas, where repairs will be needed on another 1.5 million Toyota vehicles – for a total of more than 1.7 million products.
The overseas recalls involves vehicles with defects that could lead to a gasoline leak, Toyota revealed.
The U.S. recall involves 2006 and 2007 Lexus GS 300 and GS 350 models, 2006 – 2008 Lexus IS 350 sedans, and 2006 – 2009 IS 250 models. A wide range of passenger cars, minivans and crossovers are being called back in Europe and Japan, including the maker’s Japanese premium model, the Toyota Crown.
In a Detroit appearance, earlier this month, Toyota’s top U.S. executive suggested that the maker has “regained” some of the ground it lost last year as a result of its seemingly endless series of safety issues. They included problems not only with so-called unintended acceleration, but also brake and steering issues and even excessive corrosion that could cause parts to fall off Toyota Sienna minivans.