Lexus Australia has issued a safety recall for five units from the 2019 model-year CT200h line, over concerns the struts that keep the back door open could leak and fail.
"The subject vehicles are equipped with gas charged back door damper stays which are used to help lift and support the back door while it is in the open position," Lexus says in its recall notice.
"During a specific production period, an improper temperature was used during the plating process for coating the surface of the damper rod at a specific supplier."
"As a result, there is a possibility that internal stress generated during the plating process may cause micro cracks to develop on the plating of the damper rod. For certain damper rod stay designs that are installed in certain orientations, this condition can allow the gas charged in the damper stay to leak through cracks when the rod is in an upward position and the damper oil moves down and away from the damper rod seal."
If the condition occurs and a "sufficient amount" of gas leaks , the damper may not keep the boot door open, which could increase the risk of an injury when operating the back door.
There are five vehicles affected by this recall, produced between 13 February 2019 and 22 February 2019.
Owners will be contacted by Lexus Australia by phone and mail to provide details of action required. When presented to a Lexus dealer, affected vehicles will be inspected and repaired (if required), which should take approximately 30 minutes.
For more information, contact 1800 023 009.