TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. has issued a worldwide recall of its fuel cell vehicles - all six of them.
On May 15, Toyota discovered a leak near the high-pressure tank filler nozzle of the car it had leased to Japan's Environment Ministry while charging the vehicle with hydrogen.
The company will recall the other fuel cell cars to check for similar problems. Four cars were leased to Japanese government agencies and one each to the University of California's campuses in Davis and Irvine.
Toyota also may delay deliveries of six more vehicles, due to be leased Thursday, May 29, to four energy companies and two local government bodies, all in Japan.
Spokesman Masashi Honda says Toyota cannot predict how long it would take to repair the leak until it determines the cause of the problem.
Toyota had planned to lease about 20 fuel cell vehicles in Japan and the United States by year end.