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Toyota Includes Lexus in Recall

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On: Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 9:35AM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Toyota Includes Lexus in Recall

In recent car news, it seems that Toyota may be under the microscope again.  After many months of scrutiny, and several recalls for issues such as defective accelerator pedals, Toyota Corporation recently announced that they will recall the Lexus GX 460.  The SUV will be recalled after Consumer Reports rated the Lexus SUV a safety risk, issuing a “don’t buy” recommendation on April 13th.

According to Toyota, over 9,000 vehicles will be included in the 2010 Lexus GX 460 recall, and some models of the Land Cruiser Prado will also be included, to reduce the risk of rollover accidents. The safety issue is related to the rear tires losing traction when the vehicle is driven through a sharp turn at high speeds, the problem only manifests under specific road and driving conditions. After being fined over 16.3 million for not disclosing information to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Toyota is evidently playing it safe.
Lexus will voluntarily recall 2010 GX 460s with plans to update software in the vehicle’s Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) system, which helps control a loss of traction when the vehicle turns.
Steve St. Angelo, Toyota's chief quality officer for North America, said in the statement. "Our engineers have conducted tests to confirm the VSC performance issue raised by Consumer Reports, and we are confident this VSC software update addresses the concern." St. Angelo also stated “Toyota's objective is to provide a high level of safety and quality, while meeting or surpassing governmental regulations,"
According to Toyota, Lexus dealers will have the software update by the end of April. No other Toyota, Lexus, or Scion vehicles are involved in the recall.
There have been no reports of accidents resulting from the roll over risk in the Lexus SUV’s. Toyota announced that if a customer is concerned about safely driving their GX 460, a loaner vehicle will be provided until the recall work is complete. Lexus owners are advised to reduce vehicle speed when turning, and to make sure to slow down as a safety precaution, particularly when taking any sharp turn.
Toyota stated the problem results from "heavy components, such as the fuel tank, located on the left side, and in left-hand drive versions the left side is made even heavier because of the presence of the driver."
Analyst Mizuno said the latest recall was damaging because "the Lexus are very important models for Toyota.” Mizuno also stated that “The output volume is not very large compared to other models like the Corolla or Camry. But it is a strong brand, representing Toyota's technologies in the luxury vehicles.”


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