Toyota: Lexus faulty engine recall for U.S. vehicles, too

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Toyota: Lexus faulty engine recall for U.S. vehicles, too


Toyota seems to have gotten its act together after Thursday’s Tokyo announcement of a Lexus faulty engine recall in Japan left U.S. Toyota and Lexus officials flatfooted on the status of a U.S. recall. Of 270,000 vehicles affected worldwide, 137,000 were sold in the U.S.

Spokesman Paul Nolasco said in Tokyo today action for U.S. and other overseas markets will come as soon as next week. He said last evening that Toyota would inform Japan’s transport ministry of a recall of the 90,000 vehicles there, but U.S. company officials could not confirm what would be done here.

The issue: faulty valve springs that could cause stalling in traffic. The U.S. Lexus models: IS 350, GS 350, GS 460, GS 450h, LS 460, LS 600h L. As of today, Toyota still has not specified the model years or dates of manufacture (but say it’s 270,000 total and no 2010s are involved, go figure).

Lexus U.S. sales chief Mark Templin has said drivers in most cases will have warning — rough idling or engine noise — that the car could stall.

A fix won’t be cheap: Japan daily Asahi said today repairing all 270,000 could cost Toyota 20 billion yen ($227 million). The Associated Press said Toyota could not confirm that.

Toyota has been scrambling to repair its iamge after recalling 8.5 million vehicles since October for sticking accelerator pedals and other issues. Lexus’ last recall was last Friday: The HS 250h for potential gasoline leaks in a crash, a fire hazard.

Here is Lexus’ statement Thursday regarding the U.S. vehicles:

Lexus has discovered faulty valve springs in some V8 and V6 engines in certain Lexus models sold in the U.S. Due to slight variations during the manufacturing process, some foreign material may have contaminated the valve springs resulting in potential breakage.

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In such a situation, there is a remote possibility that abnormal engine noise or idling may occur. In extremely rare instances, the engine may stop while the vehicle is in operation.

Lexus has not received any reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Approximately 137,000 vehicles are potentially affected in the U.S. including the IS 350, GS 350, GS 460, GS 450h, LS 460, LS 600h L.

Current model years are not affected.

Lexus is moving quickly to resolve the situation and will announce an appropriate remedy as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we sincerely apologize to our customers for any inconvenience and request that they contact their nearest Lexus dealer if they believe there is a problem with their vehicle, said Mark Templin, group vice president and general manager of the U.S. Lexus Division.

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