Global recall of 1.7 million vehicles by Toyota

Car manufacturer Toyota has announced a recall of 1.7 million vehicles across Japan, the UK and the

A potential fault in fuel pipes which could cause leakages if not addressed has caused the Japanese car manufacturer to recall 1.7 million vehicles.

The majority of recalls affect Japan, where approximately 1.2 million vehicles have been recalled.

In the UK 15,500 Avensis models and 3,100 Lexus models are to be subject to recall.

UK owners are to be notified by post, and relevant vehicles are eligible for a free repair.

Managing Director of Toyota GB Jon Williams has said that repairs will be completed "as efficiently as possible, with minimal disruption".

Numerous quality control issues have affected the manufacturer in recent years, which issued fourteen separate recalls in 2010.

This news follows an earlier announcement that Toyota's sales of 8.42 million vehicles in 2010 meant it retained its position as the world's largest car manufacturer.