On Friday, Toyota said it will recall 17,000 Lexus luxury hybrids after testing showed that fuel can spill during a rear end crash.
A test conducted by an NHTSA contractor showed that fuel spilled from the 2010 HS250h during a rear impact crash at 50 miles per hour.
Testing by Toyota has not shown any spillage, but a spokesman said the company plans to issue a voluntary recall as it continues to try to replicate the government’s results. It is notifying dealers to stop selling the car.
Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, has attempted to rebound from a series of recalls tied to reports of unintended acceleration and other defects. The Obama administration penalized Toyota with a record $16.4 million fine for acting too slowly on the recalls.
The auto giant faces more than 200 lawsuits connected to the lower resale value of vehicles and accidents.
The grandson of the automaker’s founder, Akio Toyoda (who is also the President of the company), apologized to shareholders for the trouble caused by the recalls. He said the company was doing its best to improve quality control.
Tracy Myers, owner of Winston-Salem, NC used car dealership Frank Myers Auto Maxx, said: “The Toyota and Lexus recall debacle continues to stun America. While it would be no surprise if these constant recalls were happening with certain automakers, it would have been impossible to imagine a few years back that these problems would have plagued Toyota. While I’m sure that lots of Lexus owners that live in the Triad are concerned with the recall, it is my understanding that Toyota has got this problem under control. I want to reassure our Lexus customers that we are committed to seeing them through this unfortunate situation. As part of that commitment, we are providing free inspections on any 2010 Lexus HS250h.”
Detailed information and answers to questions are available to customers at the Frank Myers Car Care Center at (336) 831-0656, visit their website at https://www.frankmyersauto.com or read their blog at https://www.winstonsalemusedcars.com
Toyota said it has not identified a fix for the reported problems of fuel spillage.
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