Toyota Motor Corp. plans to recall Lexus models in the U.S. as well as Japan after saying engines in as many as 270,000 vehicles worldwide may have defective valve components that can lead to stalling.
Of the 270,000 vehicles, about 137,000 are in the United States. Canadian autos are also involved, but no figure was given for Canada.
The Japanese automaker said flaws in valve springs, a crucial engine component, could make the vehicle stall while in motion. Toyota confirmed in a statement it plans to file paperwork with the government on the recall next week.
The company has received about 200 complaints in Japan but no accidents were reported there or abroad, said Toyota spokesman Hideaki Homma.
The recall affects certain GS, IS and LS vehicles from the 2006-2008 model years powered by 4.6 and 5.0 liter V8 engines and 3.5 liter V6 engines. No accidents or injuries have been reported. Vehicles from the 2009 and 2010 model years are not affected.
Lexus advised that owners of the affected vehicles can continue to drive them, but if they notice abnormal vibration, rough idling, unusual engine sounds or poor performance, that their vehicle should be brought to their nearest dealer for service.
Toyota, the world's largest automaker, is working to restore its reputation for quality after recalls of about 8 million vehicles globally for defects linked to unintended acceleration. The company recalled about 13,000 Lexus GX 460 sport-utility vehicles in April after Consumer Reports labeled the model a "safety risk" because it could roll over. The designation was removed in May.
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