TOKYO (CBS4) — Toyota is recalling nearly 1.7 million vehicles worldwide for various defects that may cause fuel leakage and other problems, the latest in quality control woes for the Japanese automaker.

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it was recalling several models, including 245-thousand 2006 through 2007 Lexus GS300/350 vehicles, 2006 through early 2009 Lexus IS250 vehicles and 2006 through early 2008 Lexus IS350 vehicles sold in the United States to inspect the fuel pressure sensor installation.

The company is also recalling 1.2 million units of 16 models — including the Noah and other models — within Japan and 140,000 Avensis and Tourer models overseas because of faulty fuel pipes that could cause fuel leakage.

“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. 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,” said a company statement.

The inspection and possible gasket replacement will be conducted at no charge to the vehicle owner, according to the company statement.

Toyota said no accidents have been reported in relation to the recalls.

The recall is the company’s largest since Oct. 21, when it said 1.53 million cars had brake-related problems that may cause fluid leaks. Defects linked to unintended acceleration led to recalls totaling more than 8 million units that began in September 2009.

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