A test conducted by an NHTSA contractor showed that fuel spilled from the 2010 HS250h during a rear impact crash at 50 miles per hour.
Testing by Toyota has not shown any spillage, but a spokesman said the company plans to issue a voluntary recall as it continues to try to replicate the government’s results. It is notifying dealers to stop selling the car.
Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, has attempted to rebound from a series of recalls tied to reports of unintended acceleration and other defects. The Obama administration penalized Toyota with a record $16.4 million fine for acting too slowly on the recalls.
The auto giant faces more than 200 lawsuits connected to the lower resale value of vehicles and accidents.
Ted Heater, president and CEO of carSmar Auto Sales said “The Toyota and Lexus recall continues to shock America. While I’m sure most of Lexus owners that live in the TriadKansas City Metro are concerned with the recall, it is my understanding that Toyota has got this problem under control. I want to reassure our Lexus customers that we are committed to seeing them through this unfortunate situation. As part of that commitment, we are providing free inspections on any 2010 Lexus HS250h.”
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