Toyota to recall 4,500 Lexus vehicles in Japan over steering defect

16:23, May 19, 2010      

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Toyota Motor Corp. is to recall four of its high-end Lexus models in Japan due to a steering wheel problem, a report said on Wednesday.

Toyota would recall around 4,500 Lexus vehicles in Japan, with the total expected to reach around 12,000 vehicles worldwide, according to sources close to the matter.

A Toyota spokeswoman declined to comment on the issue.

The problem, which 12 people in Japan have complained to Toyota about, involves a computerized system that oversees how the steering wheel controls the tires.

The defect affects four models -- the LS460 and LS460L, and hybrids LS600h and LS600hL, the sources said.

There have been no accidents yet attributed to the latest safety issue to hit the beleaguered auto giant.

Toyota said Tuesday it paid a record 16.38 million U.S. dollar fine imposed by U.S. regulators for failing to notify them promptly of problems with the accelerator pedals in some of its most popular vehicles, including its flagship Prius hybrid.

The recall-plagued automaker currently faces a host of lawsuits over "unintended acceleration" issues that prompted the majority of the recalls, which have totaled more than 8 million vehicles globally, and is suspected of causing more than 50 deaths in the United States.

Toyota's luxury "LS" models are sold in the United States, Europe and China as well as Japan.



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