26 Jan '11, 6am

Toyota to recall 1.7 million vehicles worldwide

TOKYO: Toyota Motor is to recall nearly 1.7 million vehicles worldwide including 1.2 million in Japan and 421,000 overseas over a fuel leak risk, the automaker and the Transport Ministry said on Wednesday. Toyota and the ministry said the recalls include around 245,000 of its luxury Lexus vehicles in the United States and 74,590 Lexus, Crown and other cars in Japan over other leakage fears. In Japan, 19 models produced between 2000 and 2009 will be affected by the recall, the ministry said. "Slight cracks may appear on the engine fuel pipes. If it continues to be used, the crack may be widened and there may be risks of fuel leakage," the ministry said in a statement. There have been more than 140 cases reported in Japan, with no accidents, it said. In 2008, Toyota ended General Motors' 77-year reign as the world's largest automaker but the road has been a bumpy one for the...

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