Business Week is reporting that 11,500 Lexus vehicles are being recalled because of a steering problem. The recall includes about 3,800 vehicles sold in the U.S. Look at models LS 460, LS 460 L, LS 600h, LS 600hL as the models all included by Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan. The problem, as reported by a number of consumers, is that the car wheels do not return to the original position quickly enough following a turn. Toyota believes the problem is mechanical as well as software-related. The automaker has been plagued with recalls and rumors and fines. It just paid a record $16.4 million for failing to initiate a recall over a sticky pedal the company knew about for at least four months since September 2009. The recall was finally issued in January of 2.3 million vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports there were three deaths and seven injuries due to the 4Runner SUVs and T100 and Hi Lux compact pickups because of faulty steering rods. Most recently, Consumer Reports issued a “Don’t Buy” recommendation because of an electronic stability problem in the 2010 Lexus GX 460. The magazine has since lifted that warning after an adjustment was made to the electronics of the vehicle.
The Sienna minivan had a problem spare tire carrier cable that tended to rust out in states that use ice to makes roads more passable in the snow. 600,000 vehicles were involved. The Sequoia 2003 model year is subject to a recall of 50,000 vehicles because of a traction control problem. And NHTSA is now going back two years to examine the 68 consumer complaints coming into Toyota from vehicle owners. If you or a loved one has had a problem with a Toyota vehicle, you must bring your problems to the attention of NHTSA, to the dealer’s attention and it would be well-advised to alert a Florida auto defect injury attorney to determine if your vehicle has been involved in the many recalls involving Toyota.