TORRANCE (CBS)  — Toyota Motor Sales announced Tuesday that it will conduct a voluntary recall of approximately 245,000 Lexus vehicles from the 2006 to 2009 model years to inspect the fuel pressure sensor installation.

The models subject to recall are the 2006 through 2007 Lexus GS 300/350, the 2006 through early 2009 Lexus IS 250, and 2006 through early 2008 Lexus IS 350 vehicles sold in the United States, according to Brian R. Lyons of Lexus.

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, Lyons said.

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, Lyons said.

Lexus dealers will inspect the vehicle for fuel leakage and if no leakage is found, will tighten the fuel pressure sensor with the proper torque, Lyons said.

If a fuel leak is confirmed, the gasket between the sensor and the delivery pipe will be replaced and the sensor will be tightened with the proper torque, Lyons said.

Lexus says the inspection and possible gasket replacement will be conducted at no charge to the vehicle owner.

Owners of the involved vehicles will receive a recall notification by mail once the parts that may be needed have been obtained, Lyons said.

Information about the recall is available by calling (800) 25-LEXUS or online at

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