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Lexus cars are regarded as some of the safest on the road, however a new lawsuit against the company could tarnish this reputation. A class action brought about by a Florida law firm alleges that the Lexus ES350 is fitted with a faulty front passenger airbag sensor that could prevent the airbag from triggering in the event of a collision.

The suit goes on to explain that the defective vehicles are fitted with a weight sensor that gauges the weight of the person in the front passenger seat, but that these sensors have been found to be faulty.

One representative claims that he tested multiple ES350 vehicles and found them to be defective, as did other customers from across the country. Worse, it claims Toyota was warned about these issues and failed to correct them. The owners want Toyota to recall and repurchase all ES350s, refunds for those that leased the cars, each car to be refitted with a working airbag system, and compensation for any loss of value and costs owners incurred during this process. We'll be watching this one closely.

[Source: Business Wire via The Truth About Cars]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Stupid people should not comment on issues beyond their knowledge. I work for the manufacturer in question and know exactly what the issue is. Not one of you talking heads could possible grasp the actually failure here or what could result from it. As for the U660E transaxle shift flares, that has been resolved. Owners who haven't the slightest idea what a trans shift flare is still complain about it because they read such things on waterhead infested blogs like this.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You work for them? Well that explains your surley smart ass Japanese like demeaner.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love the American legal system, throw as much as you can against the wall in hopes that something will stick. "Repurchase... compensation..." LOL!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the 2007 Lexus ES350 (bought mine in July 2006). The 2008 is not out yet. In addition, the flare issue with the tranny is also a known issue with the 2007 Camry LE V6. Same part number. Same wording in service bulletins. Lexus keeps telling me that it is only on some vehicles. They are only checking the ones that owners complain about and the issue is only present during first use of the day. Don't know the degree/extent of the problem from the standpoint of safety or performance. Had 'flare' on a loaner ES350 a couple months ago.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Eh, this happens to everyone. It just means Toyota's on a more equal footing with the other automotive companies than everyone seems to think.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I've had multiple transmission problems with my 2004 Toyota Camry (even one that was addressed by a TSB) and the dealer won't admit there is something wrong or replace the transmission; they will only put a band-aid on the problems by trying to mask the symptoms. I am never buying another Toyota-brand vehicle again. Add that to poor assembly and less-than-stellar safety performance and you have a recipe for a sub-par car that shouldn't be the number one selling car in America anymore.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL Rob..you talk about American car quality and you drive one of the worst in the rankings? Audi? LMAO. Rob must still be drunk off the foriegn China-made kool aid.
        Bryan
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        Ive looked inside plenty...not impressed. Just because magazines say so does not mean anything..you should know that by now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Airbags filled with money, now there's a twist!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It doesn't sound like there are any other ES350 owners commenting here. If you own an ES350 do you feel safe putting a passenger in front of your car? Sound you trust the factory line? 'The car is safe and meets all NHTSA requirements.' Is there validity to the lawsuit/claim? Do you want to be the next one to find out if the air bag deploys as it should when needed?
      • 7 Years Ago

      So Toyota seems to be on a downward spiral already. Tundra camshafts, sludge in engines and now this.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Willem....hirrarius!
      • 7 Years Ago
      BOTTOMLINE: Toyota doesn't own up its flaws as easily as they should. They sell a lot of cars and people think their cars are perfect. Well i guess thats were the problem is. They dont want to own up to this faulty manufacturing or designs because it tarnishes their reputation. Its all about REPUTATION. Like one person here said as they experienced with their Lexus vehicle that they were just putting "band-aids" to patch up the problem. I hate these privilous lawsuits but its their fault. "Worse, it claims Toyota was warned about these issues and failed to correct them." If it will be proven that Toyota indeed knew about it then it will be nail that will seal the Toyota(Lexus) coffin.
        • 7 Years Ago
        BOTTOMLINE: it's obvious that you hate Toyota and you're willing to believe anything you read. This is a lawsuit filed by lawyers making yet unproven claims. You don't know any better than I do whether these claims are real or manufactured, but you're jumping to conclusions because it servers your hateful purpose.

        The only correct thing you said is that it's all about REPUTATION, and Lexus has earned one of the top REPUTATIONS in the auto industry in record time. Maybe they've done something right, yeah?

        -SimianSpeedster
      • 7 Years Ago
      My girlfriend t-boned a Volvo station wagon doing b/t 10-20 mph at impact while driving her 2004 Lexus RX300. No airbags went off in her car while all the side airbags went off in the Volvo.

      My girlfriend had her seatbelt on and was fine, however she had a nice bruise on her shoulder from her seatbelt.

      The total damage was over $11,000 to her Lexus. The grille, bumper, radiator, both front quarterpanels, headlights and hood had to be replaced. The driver side quarterpanel pushed into the door enough where I had to pull while she was pushing just to get her out of the driver's seat.

      Like I said....no airbags went off. This report does not surprise me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I got the slightest rear hit in the wintertime by an IS300. My SVT Focus only had a bumper scratch while the impact skewed the Lexus' hood and bumper. The hood also wouldn't close. Just goes to show the frame of a smaller domestic is stronger than a Toyota's.

        Of course, it was momma's boy taking out his mom's car at night with 2-inches of snow. The Lexus was on summer tires. Figures.

        I still made him replace my bumper. $1000.00 just for the skin. I'm sure he paid more for his mom's car. =)
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