Car buyers look at ToyotasToyota said it is recalling nearly 1.7 million vehicles around the world for defects that may cause fuel leakage. It is the latest in a 15-month string of recalls for the Japanese automaker.

The recall effects a wide range of models, including the IS and GS Lexus luxury models in North America and the Avensis sedan and station wagon models in Europe. There are no reported accidents related to the defects, the company said. But it has received 77 complaints overseas, 75 in North America and more than 140 reports in Japan.
The largest number of the affected vehicles -- nearly 1.3 million -- was in Japan, the second-largest recall in that nation's history. The recalls involved two different problems.

One problem, an improper installation of a sensor to measure fuel pressure, may cause a bolt to loosen as as a result of engine vibration, and possibly cause fuel to leak. That problem also affects 280,000 IS and GS Lexus cars sold abroad, 255,000 of them in North America and 10,000 in Europe.

The second problem, which affects 141,000 Avensis cars sold in Europe, was caused by irregular work on the fuel pipe, which may cause cracks and fuel leaks, Toyota said. That problem was also found in 16 models sold in Japan, including the Noah subcompact, RAV4 sport-utility vehicle and Wish cars, it said.

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