As much as we rely on our vehicles and want to believe they’re going to get us safely from our homes to the office, to school, to playdates and dinners and family reunions — sometimes they fail us. We deal with breakdowns and repairs, routine maintenance and elective upgrades. It’s an expected part of car ownership. Except when it happens because of faulty parts that were used in building the car long before you drove it off the lot.
Every year, it seems there’s another major car manufacturer issuing a recall on their vehicles. More and more drivers are being affected by recalls, whether by simply having to take their car in for a new part or because they’re directly affected by the vehicle’s faults.
Today, we’re talking about the latest Lexus recall — what it was for, how to know if you’re eligible, and what to do next.
The Lexus 2018 Recall
Toyota — the maker of the luxury Lexus brand of vehicles — has issued a recall for over 121,000 vehicles worldwide. The Lexus recall is due to a fuel leak in the engine that can, unfortunately, cause potentially hazardous fires.
According to the manufacturer, the Lexus fuel leaks are caused by a diaphragm material in the fuel injection system that can harden and crack over time. In a recent statement, a rep for the company said, “A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a vehicle fire.”
Toyota and Lexus haven’t said if the problem has caused any known fires, injuries, or fatalities, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t. Especially when dealing with a potential fire hazard, you can’t be too careful with the safety of yourself and your family.
Is Your Lexus Eligible Under The Recall?
Of the more than 121,000 luxury cars affected by the Lexus fuel leaks, the manufacturer claims about 115,000 of those are driven in the United States. The recall covers a large range of Lexus models and model years, stretching from 2006 to 2014.
Lexus lists the cars potentially affected as follows: 2006 to 2013 IS350 cars and 2010 to 2014 IS350Cs, along with the 2007 to 2011 GS350 and GS450h. All of these vehicles have 3.5-liter V6 gas engines.
At this time, all owners of the affected cars should have been notified of the recall via a letter from the manufacturer. But if you drive one of these cars manufactured within the years listed and haven’t heard anything, you’ll want to place a call to the dealership or manufacturer representative. They’ll be able to provide more details about whether or not your specific model suffers from the Lexus fuel leaks that have caused the recall.
You can check safety recall information by your vehicle’s VIN through Toyota’s website or the NHSTA site. Once you know whether or not your car is part of the recall, you’ll be able to work toward getting the problem fixed and getting safely back on the road.
What To Do If Your Car Was Recalled
If you’ve received a letter stating your vehicle is part of the Lexus 2018 recall, it should also include details on what you’ll need to do to get it repaired. Chances are, this will include calling a local dealership and setting up an appointment to get the part replaced. If you haven’t gotten a letter, check the NHSTA website.
For the Lexus recall, the dealership should replace the fuel delivery pipe with a new one that has improved parts. This should completely fix any threat of a fuel leak from the faulty material in the injection system.
If your car is part of the recall, the dealership should fix any related issues at no cost to you — so you should never pay to have a faulty manufacturing issue resolved. The best thing to do is to contact a dealership immediately and get your vehicle repaired as soon as possible, so you don’t continue to drive under the threat of an engine fire.
How A Recall Affects Your Lemon Law Claim
If you are affected by the Lexus fuel leaks and your car is covered under the recall, it’s unlikely that your car is a lemon — which means you won’t be able to pursue a lemon law claim.
With a recall, the manufacturer admits there is a problem with the car, and the dealership typically repairs the issue at no cost to you. And once the faulty part is replaced, you generally won’t have any other issues with the vehicle (at least not ones related to that specific part).
But in a lemon case, often the car’s manufacturer won’t be the one notifying you of an issue. Most lemons have persistent issues you as a consumer will have to try and repair on your own, with your own money. And getting the manufacturer to admit fault and either fix the car or replace it will require you filing a lemon law claim, and even sometimes taking the manufacturer to court.
Not Sure What To Do? Call Shainfeld Law
You should have a good idea whether or not your car is affected by the Lexus 2018 recall by the time you finish reading this piece. But if you’re still unsure, give us a call here at Shainfeld Law. We’ll help answer any questions you have so you can get a definitive answer regarding your Lexus.
Here at Shainfeld Law, we’re experts in California lemon law. We’ve been successfully pursuing cases against major manufacturers, including Lexus, for over 10 years. We know the ins and outs of lemon law, including how a major recall could help or hurt your chances of filing a successful claim.
Give us a call, reach out online, or use our handy chat feature to get in touch with us. One of our associates will get you started with a free consultation about your specific situation and how we might be able to help. Once we determine whether or not your Lexus is a lemon, we can move forward with advice on how to proceed.
Before you know it, you’ll be back on the road in a car that runs beautifully and isn’t threatened by the possibility of a major fuel leak.