More than 70,000 Toyota Prius, Auris and Lexus CT 200h models are being recalled in the UK – after the company discovered a fault that could result in petrol being leaked from the fuel tank.
In a statement released today, the firm said: “The subject vehicles are equipped with an evaporative fuel emissions control unit (canister) mounted in the fuel tank.
“There is a possibility that cracks could develop in the coating of the emissions channel due to improper shaping of portions of the channel. As a result of this condition, the cracks could expand over time and, eventually, fuel may leak from these cracks when the vehicle has a full tank of petrol.”
The firm, which has issued a number of safety recalls over recent years, insists it hasn’t received any reports of accidents, injuries or fatalities connected to the issue.
It affects Toyota Prius, Auris and Lexus CT200h models built between April 2006 and August 2015. Owners can find out if their car is affected by inserting its registration number into Toyota’s website.
For all involved vehicles, Toyota and Lexus dealers will replace the canister with an improved one free of charge. The work should take two to three hours.
In a further recall, the company is also warning that 34,135 Toyota Prius and Lexus CT200h models in the UK also need to be returned to their dealer after a fault with curtain airbags emerged.
Toyota said: “The involved vehicles are equipped with curtain shield airbags in the driver and passenger side roof rails that have airbag inflators composed of two chambers welded together. Some inflators could have a small crack in the weld area joining the chambers, which could grow over time, and lead to the separation of the inflator chambers.
“This has been observed when the vehicle is parked and unoccupied for a period of time. If an inflator separates, the CSA could partially inflate, and, in limited circumstances, one or both sections of the inflator could enter the interior of the vehicle. If an occupant is present in the vehicle, there is an increased risk of injury.”
All vehicles subject to the recall were manufactured between October 2008 and August 2012. To rectify the fault, dealers will install retention brackets on the curtain shield air bag inflators. The repair will take approximately two to four hours.
The company says that, so far, it is not aware of any injuries or fatalities related to the issue.