Toyota to recall 1.7 mn vehicles worldwide


Japanese auto-maker Toyota Motor Corp today said it will recall as many as 1.7 million vehicles worldwide over concerns about a possible fuel leakage problem.

Most of these vehicles were sold in Japan, where the car-maker will recall 1.2 million units.

In addition, about 421,000 vehicles will be recalled in overseas markets, including the US and Europe.

Toyota announced the recall of 1.3 million vehicles worldwide to rectify problems related to their fuel delivery pipes and high pressure fuel pump check valves.

In a statement, Toyota US said it would carry out a voluntary safety recall of about 245,000 Lexus models to inspect the fuel pressure sensor installation.

Meanwhile, in a statement about the recall, Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said that possible cracks in the fuel pipes could result in leakages.

Toyota has recalled many vehicles in recent times, which also saw the company shell out an over USD 32 million fine to US authorities.

Going by reports, Toyota has recalled a whopping 12 million cars in the past one-and-half years. Most recently, the car-maker recalled 2.6 million vehicles in August and October, 2010.