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Flagship Lexus recalled

2010-05-20 09:11
Lexus SA has confirmed that some LS models sold in this country are subject to a recall announcement recently issued from Japan.

It was found that, under certain conditions following full lock, the steering wheel may not return to its straight ahead position, even though the wheels may be facing forward.

"The steering usually corrects within three seconds and this only happens at low speeds when you'd perform a full lock such as parking or completing a U-turn," a Lexus South Africa representative told Wheels24.

The car’s variable gear ratio steering has been fingered in the issue and Lexus says the potential problem is not safety critical.

"Only 10 reports have been received from the 4 500 cars sold in Japan. No reports have been confirmed anywhere else," he added.

Owners of LS460 models introduced since the facelift in January this year are being contacted to have their cars checked and corrected, if necessary.

Lexus South Africa is continuing to monitor the situation although concerned owners are encouraged to contact their dealers.

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