Toyota has announced a major recall in Australia for Camry, Camry Hybrid and Aurion sedans due to a potential fuel leak, but it is not yet known whether the recall stretches to New Zealand.
The recall affects all cars built in Toyota's Altona plant in Melbourne, between October 2011 and July 2012 - nearly 20,000 cars.
Toyota Australia issued a statement which said the recall was "due to a fuel hose that may have been incorrectly manufactured".
"The hose that connects the main fuel supply line to the engine may have become wrinkled.
"In some cases this could result in a small hole in the fuel hose which may allow fuel to leak."
Toyota Australia media and external affairs manager Beck Angel told drive.com.au there was a risk of a fire, but the chances of an incident were slim.
"There is a possibility of a fire hazard because it does involve fuel, but because of the location of the fuel hose – it’s a long distance from any source of ignition – and the fact the hose has a protective coating, we feel the risk of a fire hazard is minimal," he told the website.
There had apparently been three reports of the leak in Australia, but no incidents were recorded as a result.
Owners in Australia would be sent letters asking them to contact their dealer to have their car’s fuel hose inspected for faults.
Toyota New Zealand were unable to be reached tonight, but so far had not issued a warning despite New Zealand models being made in the Altona factory.
The Camry is built in bigger numbers than any other model in Australia, and Toyota is the biggest manufacturer and exporter of cars in Australia.
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