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Toyota recalls nearly 1.7 million vehicles worldwide

Toyota today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving about 245,000 Lexus vehicles to inspect fuel pressure sensor installation. It is also recalling 1.3 million vehicles in Europe and Asia for a separate issue.

The 2009 Lexus IS 250 is one of several models included in Toyota's voluntary recall. Toyota

It's almost a flashback to 2010. Toyota Motor Sales today announced a voluntary recall of nearly 1.7 million vehicles worldwide for various issues.

A safety recall to inspect the installation of fuel pressure sensors involves about 245,000, 2006 to 2009 Lexus GS and IS models sold in the United States. The recall also includes 10,000 vehicles sold in Europe. A separate recall involves 141,000 Avensis cars sold in Europe and New Zealand. These cars may have irregular fuel pipes that increase the likelihood of cracks and further leakage.

The automaker said on its Web site: "Due to insufficient tightening of the fuel pressure sensor connected to certain engine fuel delivery pipes (those with nickel phosphorus plating), there is a possibility that the pressure sensor could loosen over time. If loosening occurs, fuel could leak past a gasket used in the connection between the sensor and the delivery pipe and through the threaded portion of the sensor."

More information about this recall is available through the company's Web site or by calling Lexus at 1-800-255-3987.

Toyota is also recalling 1.3 million vehicles in Europe and Asia to replace a fuel delivery pipe and a high-pressure fuel pump check valve. This recall does not involve vehicles sold in North America, the company said.