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Lexus recalls 121,000 cars to fix fuel leaks that can spark fires

DETROIT — Toyota's Lexus luxury brand is recalling about 121,000 cars worldwide because of fuel leaks in the engine that can cause fires.

Approximately 115,00, of the recalled cars are in the United States, the company said.

The recall covers certain 2006 through 2013 IS350 cars, as well as the 2010 through 2014 IS350C, and the 2007 through 2011 GS350 and GS450h. All have 3.5-litre V6 gasoline engines.

Toyota says a diaphragm material in the fuel injection system can harden over time and crack, allowing fuel to leak. "A fuel leak in the presence of an ignition source can increase the risk of a vehicle fire," the auto manufacturer said in a statement.

The company would not say if the problem has caused any fires, crashes or injuries.

Dealers will replace the fuel delivery pipe with a new one containing improved parts at no cost to customers. Owners should get be notified by mail beginning in August.

Safety recall information by VIN is available on Toyota's website or through the NHTSA site.

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