Entries in Lexus (7)


Toyota Recalls 154,000 Lexus SUVs to Fix Floor Mats

Giuseppe Cacace/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- There's another Toyota recall for sticky pedals -- this time for the automaker's high-end 2010 Lexus models.

The problem is similar to Toyota's floor mat/gas pedal recall two years ago, when drivers complained that the accelerator could get stuck under the floor mat.  Now the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a similar issue is happening with 2010 Lexus RX350 and RX 450h models.

The government has ordered an immediate recall of approximately 154,000 vehicles and is investigating why Toyota didn't warn drivers after getting many complaints.


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Toyota Recalling Vehicles over Possible Steering Problem

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(TORRANCE, Calif.) -- Toyota announced Wednesday it is recalling more than 400,000 vehicles, citing a problem with the crankshaft pulley that could lead to difficulty in steering.

The voluntary recall affects 283,200 Toyota and 137,000 Lexus vehicles with V6 engines, including the 2004 Avalon, 2004 and 2005 Camry, 2006 Highlander HV, 2006 RX400h, and 2004 and 2005 ES330, among others.

The automaker says "the outer ring of the crankshaft pulley may become misaligned with the inner ring," and if this isn't corrected, "the belt for the power steering pump may become detached from the pulley and the driver may notice a sudden increase in steering effort."  

No injuries have been reported from the defect, according to Toyota.

The company will begin notifying car owners of the recall in January.  The automaker is currently working on acquiring the necessary replacement parts.

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Toyota Recalling 82,200 Hybrid SUVs Sold in US

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(TORRANCE, Calif.) -- Toyota announced Wednesday it is voluntarily recalling 45,500 Highlander Hybrid and 36,700 Lexus RX 400h vehicles, citing faulty transistors in the control boards.

The recall applies to model years 2006 and 2007 vehicles sold in the U.S.

The Japanese automaker says some of the transistors in the recalled models were inadequately soldered and could be damaged by heat.  Should this happen, affected vehicles would most likely enter a fail-safe driving mode, leading to a reduction in power.  The vehicles can still be driven, but only for short distances.

Owners of the affected models will be notified by mail in mid-July.  They will then be notified again when the necessary replacement parts become available.  Toyota is currently working on acquiring an adequate number of parts.

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US Automakers Skid in Initial Quality Survey

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- U.S. automakers, led by Ford Motor Co., plunged in this year's closely watched J.D. Power and Associates' Initial Quality Study of new cars while Toyota's Lexus brand topped the list.

Lexus' top-selling LS sedan had the fewest problems reported by new car purchasers in the past year. Honda, Acura, Mercedes-Benz, and Mazda were next in having the fewest initial problems.

Ford, which has seen a resurgence in sales in the past several years, had a dismal performance, falling to No. 23 from fifth place last year, mainly based on problems with the in-dash, touch-screen monitors found on many of its Ford and Lincoln models. Still, Ford didn't score as low in quality as bottom-rated Dodge, Mitsubishi, and Suzuki

Automakers are increasingly loading their cars with technology that boosts mileage and offers new features -- and consumers are finding them frustratingly difficult to use.

"Clearly, consumers are interested in having new technology in their vehicles, but automakers must ensure that the technology is ready for prime time," David Sargent, vice president of global vehicle research at J.D. Power, said in a statement. "Successful companies will be those that can take this incredibly complex technology and make it reliable, seamless and easy for owners to operate while they are driving. There is an understandable desire to bring these technologies to market quickly, but automakers must be careful to walk before they run."

Toyota moved up to No. 7 from No. 22 after problems the previous year with gas pedals being stuck under loose floor mats that promoted a recall.

Consumers reported more dissatisfaction with newly launched or significantly overhauled vehicles, causing ratings overall to drop 10 percent this year, J.D. Power reported.

"Exciting models with the latest features are crucial for winning over today's demanding consumers," Sargent said. "However, automakers must not lose their focus on the importance of these models also achieving exceptional quality levels.

"Expected reliability continues to be the single most important reason why new vehicle buyers choose one model over another, and no manufacturer can afford to give consumers any doubts regarding the quality of their latest products."

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Six More Small Cars Receive Top Safety Award

Fstop/Photodisc/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- The number of small cars that have been named Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grew to 22 Thursday, when the organization announced the latest vehicles to earn the prize.

After evaluating 13 small cars, the IIHS awarded the top crash-test rating to six models: the 2012 Ford Focus and Honda Civic, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra, Lexus CT 200h, Nissan Juke, and Toyota Prius.

Dodge Caliber, Honda CR-Z and Insight, Nissan's Sentra and Versa, Scion xD, and Suzuki SX4 were also tested but they were not named Top Safety Picks.

To earn the top honor, cars must receive a rating of "good" in front, side, rollover, and rear impact crash tests, and have available electronic stability control.

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Toyota Issues Recalls of Nearly 1.7 Million Vehicles Worldwide

Photo Courtesy - Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images(TORRANCE, Calif.) -- Toyota Motor Corp. announced three separate recalls Wednesday affecting close to 1.7 million vehicles sold in the U.S. and worldwide.

The Japanese automaker issued a voluntary safety recall for nearly 245,000 Lexus models sold in the U.S. between 2006 and 2008, citing a problem with the installation of fuel pressure sensors.  Toyota says the pressure sensors may not be sufficiently tightened, posing a risk for fuel leakage if the sensors loosen over time.  The vehicles affected include Lexus GS and IS models.

Owners of the affected models will be notified of the recall by mail.  If a fuel leak is found, Lexus dealers will make the proper repairs free of charge.

Worldwide, Toyota is recalling about 1.3 million vehicles sold in Japan over a problem with a fuel delivery pipe and high-pressure fuel pump check valve.  The models affected by this recall include the Noah subcompact, RAV4 sport-utility vehicle, and Wish cars.

The automaker is also recalling 141,000 Avensis cars sold in Europe and New Zealand citing irregular fuel pipes that increase the likelihood of cracks and further leakage.

No accidents related to any of these leakage problems have been reported so far, according to Toyota spokesman Paul Nolasco.

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Toyota Reaches $10 Million Settlement with Family of Crash Victims

Photo Courtesy -- Toyota(LOS ANGELES) – Toyota has reached a $10 million settlement with the relatives of four people who were killed in a crash last year in San Diego after the Lexus they were driving suddenly accelerated, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The crash, which claimed the lives of a California Highway Patrol officer and three of his family members, launched Toyota onto the national stage and was followed by a series of safety recalls.

The settlement was first announced in September, but the amount had not been disclosed due to requests from the families and Toyota. A Superior Court judge, however, denied the requests Monday saying a compelling reason had not been presented as to why the amount should be kept secret.

Toyota has faced several federal investigations and lawsuits in regards to recalled vehicles and problems with sudden acceleration.

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