New Toyota recall affects Lexus, Crown sedans

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A black-and-white nighttime photo of a Toyota Crown comfort sedan parked on a Japanese street.

Lexus and Toyota Crown sedans are affected by a new Toyota recall related to engine problems that can cause stalling and excessive noise. (Photo: Flickr)

Communication problems continue to fester for Toyota. Reuters reports that the automaker had failed to alert the U.S. government about a new Toyota recall involving one Toyota and seven Lexus sedan models. This time, engine issues are to blame. Excessive noise and even the potential for stalling have been documented. This Toyota recall should reclaim 270,000 vehicles worldwide.

More than half of Toyota recall vehicles are from the U.S.

Specifically, of the 270,000 Toyota recall vehicles, about 137,000 are U.S. vehicles. Accident or injury data has yet to be reported regarding this round of Toyota recalls, which is fortuitous, considering that Toyota has acknowledged that the stall can occur while a Lexus or Crown sedans in question is being driven. This is comparatively good news for Toyota, whose previous bouts with recalls and the U.S. government have led to accidents, injuries and massive fines. In addition to lambasting in the court of public opinion, Toyota’s credit rating took a tumble. Recalling more than 10 million cars worldwide (7.3 million in the U.S.) has a tendency to produce such undesirable results.

What models are affected by the Toyota recall?

While the Toyota recall will not be official until government regulators rule on the matter, the eight models under this latest recall in question would include:

  • Lexus LS 460
  • Lexus GS 350
  • Lexus GS 450h
  • Lexus GS 460
  • Lexus IS 350
  • Lexus LS 600h
  • Lexus LS 600hl
  • Toyota Crown sedan

The Lexus LS 600h is not sold in the United States, writes Reuters. The “h” designation indicates a gasoline-electric hybrid model. All models involved in the latest Toyota recall have either 4.6- or 3.6-liter engines, according to the automaker. The specific engine issue is a defective valve spring that causes the idling problems and possible engine failure.

Another blow to the Lexus line

Just last week, Toyota pulled the plug on Lexus HS 250h sales because of possible fuel leak issues. Crash tests sponsored by the U.S. government showed that if the HS 250h was struck from behind by a vehicle traveling at 50 mph, a fuel leak could easily develop. That recalled back 17,000 vehicles, 13,000 of which were sold in the United States. Interestingly, Toyota conducted its own tests on the matter and claimed it could not reproduce the same result. Luckily, no accidents or injuries have been documented with the HS 250h, either.

What should you do if your Toyota vehicle was recalled?

Contact Toyota’s Customer Experience Center for further information. It can be reached via telephone at 800-331-4331 or fax at 310-468-7814. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. PST. For mail inquiries, address correspondence to:

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
19001 South Western Ave.
Dept. WC11
Torrance, CA 90501

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