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Toyota Motor Sales USA voluntarily recalled 245,000 Lexus IS and GS models in the U.S. to inspect a potentially loose fuel pressure sensor connected to an engine fuel delivery pipe. If the sensor is loose, fuel could leak past a gasket used in the connection between the sensor and the pipe.

The models in the safety recall are the 2006-2009 IS 250; 2006-2008 IS 350; and 2006-2007 GS 300/350.

Meanwhile, parent Toyota Motor Corp. said it will recall more than 1.3-million vehicles in the rest of the world, mainly in its home market of Japan, for the same reason, and includes the RAV4 there.

Toyota has been trying to rebuild its once-bullet-proof image for quality along with consumer confidence after recalling more than 15 million vehicles globally since fall 2009. In the U.S., Toyota paid a total of nearly $50 million in fines last year to the National Traffic Safety Administration in settlements over how timely the automaker notified the investigators of potential problems.

Toyota said there are no warning signs about the latest potential safety problem, although owners might smell fuel if it's leaking from the pressure sensor.

The automaker said it is readying the parts that may be necessary for the fixes in the U.S. Lexus owners will get a safety recall notice via first-class mail and can take their cars to their dealer for a free repair.

Toyota has set up a web site for American owners at lexus.com/recall.

Last year, when the overall U.S. auto industry bounced back with an 11% jump in new-vehicle sales over 2009, Toyota, Scion and Lexus new-model sales were flat at 1.763 million and the automaker's market share fell to 15.2% from 17%.

The Toyota marque fell from the top spot to second, bested by Ford, in Kelley Blue Book's Automotive Brand Indicator last year.

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