Lexus PH recalls more than 800 units over potential fuel leak     

Updated Jan 10, 2023 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The problem could bring an increased risk of fire.

Lexus Philippines has issued a recall for 808 units spanning various models. This is over a possible leak coming from the vehicles’ fuel tank. 

2013 Lexus GS 350

Lexus Philippines recognizes that certain models carry the risk of fuel leaks and fire 

The company’s Special Service Campaign (SSC) involves Lexus models produced from July 11, 2011 to August 31, 2018. According to the automaker, these vehicles have a fuel evaporative emission control unit, also called the fuel tank vent tube assembly. This prevents fuel vapors inside the fuel tank from being directly released into the atmosphere. 

A flange connects the tube assembly to the fuel tank. However, the flange’s design could trigger a leak resulting from a stress-related crack. The leak even brings an increased risk of fire and injury, depending on the amount of fuel escaping and how close it is to an ignition source. 

These are the units covered by the recall:

 Model  Units   Production dates
 Lexus GS F  4  November 4, 2015 – January 22, 2016
 Lexus GS 350  48  January 21, 2012 – March 2, 2018
 Lexus GS 450h  6  March 21, 2012 – June 6, 2017
 Lexus IS 350  638   April 22, 2013 – August 1, 2018
 Lexus RC F  55  September 24, 2014 to October 5, 2016
 Lexus RC 350  57  September 12, 2014 to June 20, 2018

While the affected vehicles are no longer covered by the warranty, Lexus Philippines says that its Lexus Manila dealership and accredited service centers will replace the fuel tank vent tube assembly at no charge to customers. The company is already getting in touch with affected owners. 

2022 Lexus NX

The 2022 Lexus NX was also the subject of recalls last year 

In May 2022, Lexus Philippines also initiated an SSC for 40 units of its NX HEV produced between December 1, 2021 and April 1, 2022 over the skid control ECU software affecting the stability control feature. Four months later in September, Lexus NX 250 and 350 crossovers sold in the Philippines were among those covered by a global recall issued by the automaker involving a problem with the electronic parking brake and lane-tracing assist (LTA) feature.   

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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