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is recalling about 245,000 Lexus vehicles sold in the U.S. to inspect problems with a fuel pressure sensor.

The U.S. recall is separate from a larger recall Toyota is making involving 1.3 million vehicles worldwide to fix problems with a fuel delivery pipe and a high pressure fuel pump check valve. Most of the cars being recalled were in Japan.

Toyota also is recalling certain models in Europe bring the total number of vehicles being recalled to 1.7 million.

No accidents were suspected of being related to the defects, according to Toyota, the

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reports. Toyota, the world's No. 1 automaker, said it had received 77 complaints overseas, 75 of them in North America, and more than 140 in Japan.

The latest recall comes on top of massive recalls that began in late 2009, mostly in North America and which now cover more than 12 million vehicles.

The U.S. recall involves the 2006 through 2007 Lexus GS300/350, 2006 through early 2009 Lexus IS250, and 2006 through early 2008 Lexus IS350.

"Due to insufficient tightening of the fuel pressure sensor connected to certain engine fuel delivery pipes (those with Nickel Phosphorus plating), there is a possibility that the pressure sensor could loosen over time," Toyota said in a statement. "If loosening occurs, fuel could leak past a gasket used in the connection between the sensor and the delivery pipe and through the threaded portion of the sensor."

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