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Carmakers recall more than 700 vehicles to fix faults

MORE than 700 Citroen, Toyota and Lexus cars are being recalled in Ireland after the manufacturers found new faults in them.

The Toyota recall is another blow for the Japanese carmaker, as it will affect more than 1.7 million vehicles worldwide.

It brings the total number recalled to nearly 16 million globally in less than two years.

Toyota Ireland announced it is recalling 253 Avensis 2.0 litre and 2.4 litre petrol models to replace the fuel pipe and inspect the fuel pump check valve.

The vehicles affected were produced between July 2000 and September 2008.

Avensis cars cost around €24,000 new.

In addition Lexus Ireland -- Toyota's luxury brand -- is recalling 186 Lexus IS250 petrol cars to check the torque on the fuel pressure sensor.

The vehicles were produced between August 2007 and February 2009, and cost from €44,000 to €59,000 new.


However, Toyota said there had been no reports of problems in Ireland involving these issues and the recall was precautionary.

"We will be writing to customers to arrange for them to make an appointment with their local dealer to have the repair procedure carried out at a time that is convenient," said Toyota Ireland managing director David Shannon.

Toyota's latest recall comes after a series of faults involving sudden acceleration, braking and steering difficulties with a range of models, resulting in massive recalls over the last year.

In Ireland alone, 26,000 Toyotas were recalled last February because of a "potential accelerator pedal issue".

Meanwhile, the National Consumer Agency (NCA) also announced a recall of 294 Citroen cars from the Irish market this week because of a problem that could affect braking.

Unlike Toyota, Citroen Ireland did not post any information about the fault on its website.

The NCA said Citroen was carrying out a voluntary recall of certain batches of its C4, C4 Picasso, C5 II, C5 (X7) and Dispatch II models, but no accidents had been reported.

The French carmaker said its follow-up procedures had identified a potential issue in the affected vehicles. "In rare cases, the vacuum pump may have difficulty opening, occasionally limiting braking assistance."

Citroen dealers will send letters to owners of the affected vehicles informing them of the recall.

Irish Independent