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Toyota Will Recall Lexus in Japan

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On: Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 9:32AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


Toyota Will Recall Lexus in Japan

Toyota Motor Corp. recently announced that it would recall 270,000 Lexus and Crown vehicles worldwide in order to repair valve springs, an important engine part that when not working properly could cause an engine to stall during motion (or just grenade itself completely-JD).  Toyota will start its recall in Tokyo, then extend the recall to the U.S., Canada, and other countries.

Toyota stated that there have been no injuries or accidents that have resulted from the problem.

The quality problem affecting Toyota’s top-of-the-line Lexus, comes as Toyota struggles to move on from massive global recalls that started in October. The recall is one of a string of recalls involving faulty mechanics in Toyota cars in the past 18 months—everything from stability control problems to faulty gas pedals, and more; it seems the list is never ending.

Just last week, 17,000 Lexus hybrid models were recalled for fuel that could potentially spill during a rear end crash.

Toyota said it will replace the defective valve spring in the recalled vehicles, produced between July 2005 and August 2008—Lexus models GS350, GS450h, GS460, IS350, LS460, LS600h, LS600hL, and Crown models.

The recall includes 138,000 vehicles (including seven Lexus models) in the U.S., 91,903 in Japan, 15,000 in Europe, 10,000 in the Middle East, 6,000 in China, 4,000 in Canada, and 8,000 in other regions.

"We apologize for inconveniencing our customers. We hope to fix the problem soon," Toyota spokesman Paul Nolasco said in a statement.
Toyota President Akio Toyoda, facing shareholders last month, vowed to improve vehicle quality inspections.

In a recent Yahoo News.com article, Shotoro Noguchi, Tokyo auto analyst, stated, "It is not doing a good job in communicating a message about what exactly it is doing to beef up quality checks, so it is hard for people to believe Toyota is taking the customer's view as it is promising to do."

In September of 2009 the Japanese automaker recalled vehicles with faulty accelerator pedals that could become trapped in floor mats and "may result in very high vehicle speeds and make it difficult to stop the vehicle, which could cause a crash, serious injury or death." Five months later it recalled around 2.3 million vehicles around the world to fix potentially faulty accelerator pedals.

In April, Toyota was fined a record $16.4 million by the US Transportion Department for being slow in responding to the crisis. US transport secretary Ray LaHood said that "by failing to report known safety problems, as it is required to do under the law, Toyota put consumers at risk".


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