Toyota North America is recalling over 23,000 vehicles in two separate recalls dealing with the fuel delivery system.
The first recall involves 12,900 Camrys from model year 2018 (1,100 in Canada), which may have improperly connected fuel pipes and fuel hoses in the engine compartment (an issue arising from the vehicle-assembly process). The issue will manifest itself in leaks, which will mean an odour from under the hood. But in the presence of an ignition source, it could result in an engine fire.
Owners will start receiving notifications by mail in coming weeks, requesting they bring their cars into Toyota dealerships, where service personnel will inspect the fuel delivery system and properly connect pipes and hoses, where necessary.
The second recall involves 2015-18 Lexus RC F, 2016-18 Lexus GS F and 2018 Lexus LC 500, a total of 10,500 cars in all and 600 in Canada. The vehicles are equipped with two high-pressure fuel pumps and over time, there is a possibility that their covers could become damaged to the point of allowing fuel to leak out.
As with the Camry fuel delivery hoses and pipes, the problem will be noticed through the presence of visible leaks and a fuel odour. Again, this could translate into an underhood fire in the presence of an ignition source.
Toyota will request owners by mail in early April to bring their cars to dealerships to have both fuel pumps replaced by more robust new ones.
Owners can check on the status of their cars atwww.toyota.ca or www.lexus.ca, or by calling the Toyota Customer Interaction Centre at (888) 869-6828 or Lexus customer service at (800) 265-3987.