TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 19, 2014) — Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. plans to conduct a voluntary safety recall of approximately 20,000 model year 2014 and 2015 vehicles worldwide for possible fuel leaks.
The auto maker said in a press release that the recall involves model year 2014 Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Sienna, and model year 2015 Lexus RX vehicles equipped with 2GR-FE engines.
“In the involved vehicles, the end cap on the right-hand fuel delivery pipe in the engine compartment could have been insufficiently welded during manufacturing at the supplier,” Toyota said. “In this condition, fuel could leak from the fuel delivery pipe and, in the presence of an ignition source, could increase the risk of a vehicle fire.”
The company said it is not aware of any fires, crashes, injuries or fatalities caused by the condition.
According to a Reuters news report, all of the affected Toyota models were produced in the U.S., while the Lexus model was built in Canada. They were shipped worldwide, including to South Korea, Russia, Australia, other parts of Asia and the Middle East, a Toyota spokesman told Reuters.
Owners of the vehicles involved will receive a notification by first class mail. The vehicle maker said Toyota and Lexus dealers will inspect the fuel delivery pipe and, if it was produced at the involved supplier, replace it with a new one.