A company official from Toyota has revealed that the company knew about the engine problem in Lexus, which has caused the most recent recall. The Japanese car maker has started a global recall over engine problems in its Lexus luxury models sold around the world. Toyota has recalled 270,000 vehicles to replace valve springs - important engine components that have a problem and cause the vehicle to stop.
Two years back, in August 2008, Toyota replaced the spring part to prevent the problem, and hence the recall is not relevant to cars produced after August 2008. Toyota earlier believed that the problem was caused by foreign substance entering during manufacturing of the valve spring, and did not find it necessary to start a recall.
“We changed the part in August because then the problem won’t happen at all, even if tiny particles enter during manufacturing, ” spokesman Hideaki Homma said. “We are talking about microscopic particles here.”
But as the complaints started to increase, Toyota decided to issue a car recall, Homma said. Toyota has promised to recall all the problem cars and make necessary amendments on a priority basis.
The latest recall includes Lexus models such as GS350, GS450h, GS460, IS350, LS460, LS600h, LS600hL and Crown models, including about 138,000 vehicles in the US, nearly 92,000 in Japan, 15,000 in Europe, 10,000 in the Middle East, 6,000 in China, 4,000 in Canada, and 8,000 elsewhere.
So far, Toyota has received about 200 complaints, but no accidents have happened due to the defects.
Toyota is facing more than 200 lawsuits in the US related to accidents involving the defective cars, the lower resale value of Toyota vehicles, and a drop in its stock value.