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Toyota recalls 19,000 UK vehicles

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Japanese carmaker Toyota has announced a recall of about 19,000 vehicles in the UK over concerns about a possible fuel leakage.

The company said it will be contacting owners of Toyota Avensis and Lexus IS 250 models to arrange free repairs for their vehicles, which could take up to four-and-a-half hours.

The recall affects around 15,500 Toyota Avensis 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre petrol engine models, produced between July 2000 and September 2008, as well as nearly 3,100 Lexus IS 250 petrol engine vehicles, produced between August 2007 and February 2009.

Toyota said the defects have not led to any accidents.

The automaker said in a statement: "As a result of customer feedback in other markets worldwide, Toyota GB today announced it would recall a number of its Toyota Avensis and Lexus IS 250 models in the UK to carry out modifications to their fuel systems.

"It is working with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (Vosa) to contact registered owners and keepers by letter to advise them of the procedure for taking their vehicle to an authorised Toyota or Lexus repairer for the necessary repair work to be done."

This is the latest in a series of quality control problems to have hit the manufacturer.

© Press Association 2011