Toyota And Lexus Recall Vehicles Due To Fire Risk
Two separate recalls were announced for 21,700 Toyota and Lexus cars, highlighting problems with the fuel line that has the potential to cause a fire.
Toyota has recalled about 11,800 2018 Camry sedans. According to Toyota, it is possible that the fuel pipes and the fuel hoses in the engine compartment were not properly connected during the assembly process, which can cause a fuel leak and ultimately increase the risk of a fire in the presence of an ignition source.
Those affected by the recall will receive a notification by first class mail starting in early April. Toyota dealers will inspect the vehicles, and if the fuel pipes and the fuel hoses are not connected properly, the dealership will properly connect them at no cost to customers.
The second recall affects about 9,900 2015-2018 Lexus RC F, 2016-2018 Lexus GS F, and 2018 Lexus LC 500 vehicles. Affected vehicles have two high-pressure fuel pumps, and according to Lexus, it is a possibility that the cover of one of these pumps could become damaged over time leading to a fuel leak and an increased risk of starting a fire.
Affected owners will also receive a first-class mail notification starting in early April. Lexus dealers will replace both high-pressure fuel pumps at no cost to the vehicle owners.
Does your vehicle have an open recall?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) does not yet have a campaign number for either recall. To verify if your vehicle has an open recall, you can plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number at the NHTSA website.
The dangers of vehicle fires
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), vehicle fires kill over 300 people and injure 1,250 more annually.
Vehicles are being built more sound resistant which means they retain fire gases under pressure for longer periods of time before the windows fail, potentially resulting in an explosion. Highly flammable liquids can spray out as a result and eject projectiles that can cause serious life-threatening injuries. Other hazards include:
The battery can explode with acid being released
Struts used to keep hatchbacks and engine hoods open can explode during fires
Older vehicles that have energy-absorbing bumpers contain pressurized shock absorbers that can burst under heat
Air conditioning systems contain compressed refrigerant gases
Short-term exposures to some chemicals that will be released in the event of a car fire may decrease oxygen levels in the blood and lead to asphyxiation which may cause a person to become unconscious and stop breathing. Chemicals can also irritate the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract which may cause the breakdown of blood cells and can have effects on the central nervous system in the brain and the spinal cord. Long-term exposure may result in asthma-like symptoms, reproductive or developmental problems, effects on the bone marrow and immune system, destruction of the protective fat in the skin, and development of cancers such as leukemia.
What should I do if my vehicle catches fire?
If your vehicles catches on fire, pull over as far away from other vehicles as possible and turn off the ignition to shut off the electric current and stop the flow of gasoline.
It is wise to set the emergency brake because you don’t want a moving car on fire.
Firefighters also advise not to open the hood because it will only feed oxygen into the flames, making the car fire even more dangerous.
Get everyone out of the car and don’t worry about personal belongings. Move at least 100 feet away to be clear of flying debris, toxic gases, and other hazardous substances. Be cautious of moving vehicles in the area.
Call 911 or the emergency number to your local fire department. Do not ever attempt to put the fire out yourself or return to the vehicle.
How The Carlson Law Firm can help
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- Written by Adriana Torres