Toyota issues luxury car recall

Toyota recalled 90,000 Lexus and Toyota Crown models in Japan today in response to defects that could potentially stall the engine.

Today’s move follows a statement issued on July 2 stating that the Japanese car maker planned to recall 270,000 luxury cars worldwide to fix the engine problem.

A company spokesperson told The Engineer the firm was waiting until today to give further updates on whether it would recall the 3,200 Lexus cars potentially affected in the UK.

A statement from Toyota said: ‘Improperly functioning valve springs have been found in some Lexus engines and there is a small possibility that abnormal engine noise or unstable idling may occur.

‘In very rare instances, there is a chance that the engine may stop. There have been no reported accidents related to this issue.’

The problem affects the Lexus LS460, LS600h, LS600hL, GS350, GS450h, GS460 and IS350 with 4.6 litre V8 and 3.5 litre V6 engines.

The recall is the latest in a series of technical problems for Toyota that have seen over 8.5 million cars recalled for a variety of problems since September 2009.

Earlier this week, Toyota started production of the Auris HSD – the company’s first hybrid model to be built in Europe – at its Burnaston plant in Derbyshire.