Toyota prepares to recall 11,500 Lexus cars globally

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Toyota prepares to recall 11,500 Lexus cars globally
Automaker expects to issue U.S. recall on Friday

Automotive News -- May 19, 2010 - 2:22 am ET
UPDATED: 5/19/10 3:16 p.m. ET

TOKYO (Bloomberg) -- Toyota Motor Corp. is preparing to recall 11,500
Lexus LS sedans worldwide for problems related to steering.

The company plans to recall 7,000 vehicles overseas, including 3,800
in the U.S., and 4,500 units in Japan, said Mieko Iwasaki, a
spokeswoman for the carmaker.

The cars were sold in the United States, Europe and China and in
Japan. In Japan, customers have complained about wheels not returning
to original positions fast enough after making turns, Iwasaki said.
The problem is both mechanical and software- related, she said.

Toyota said it is preparing to issue the U.S. recall on Friday for
four LS models: the LS 460, LS 460 L, LS 600h, and LS 600h L.

Separately, Toyota said last month it will recall the Lexus GX 460
sport-utility vehicle that Consumer Reports magazine rated a "safety
risk" because the model can roll over in certain driving conditions.

About 13,000 GX 460s were repaired, including 9,400 in the U.S. and
the rest in countries including Russia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United
Arab Emirates and Canada, according to the automaker.

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