• May 19, 2010


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Bloomberg is reporting that Toyota will again be bit by the recall bug, this time due to steering problems with its Lexus LS 460, LS 460L, LS 600h and LS 600h L. The recall, reportedly announced by Toyota spokesperson Mieko Iwasaki, will cover 11,500 models globally, including 3,800 units in the States. The company says that some customers in Japan have complained that the front wheels don't turn to their original position quickly enough after executing a turn, and the issue is reportedly both mechanical and software related

The reported recall comes just one month after the Lexus GX460, was recalled for a stability control issue that was discovered by Consumer Reports. Toyota recalled 9,400 GX460 SUVs in the U.S. and 13,000 units globally. The Lexus LS recall is not currently listed on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website, and there is no word yet regarding which model year(s) will be covered under the recall.



[Source: Bloomberg]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      TOYOJUNK
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good one! Did you come up with that all by yourself??
      • 4 Years Ago
      Used Lexus LSs are the greatest value of any car ever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Better recall all the new Corvettes, if that's the case. Test-driving that vehicle was almost a joke with that sort of steering. It would have taken a city block for that steering to return to a neutral position.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What? Wheels don't return quickly enough? That is just weird. So you mean your wheel could be pointed straight, but your wheels won't?
        • 4 Years Ago
        no, if you are coming out of a turn and let go of the steering wheel, the wheels don't straighten up fast enough.

        Yes it's as stupid as it sounds.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's ridiculous...I'm not claiming to know anything about this issue, but that doesn't sound like a problem. I hate it when cars have springy steering..it's so annoying! I'll return the steering by exerting effort with my hands.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How ironic... I have a 2010 LS460 AWD and just Sunday while out visting friends I did a u-turn while accelerating. When the car was straighten out the steering wheel was still 30 degrees off center. As we continued to drive straight I have to keep turning the steering wheel as the car corrected.

      Granted it wasn't a big deal, but at night I could see someone depending on the position of the steering wheel to indicate if they are going straight.

      After 2 months with the LS I'm really missing my Audi A6
        • 4 Years Ago
        The LS and A6 are two Total diff cars....in every single way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Although Toyota is currently suffering due to multiple vehicle and component recalls within the last year, Toyota is expecting to make a come back. The company said they expanded too quickly, and now have to return to their manufacturing technique called monozukuri. Monozukuri is the process of constantly evaluating and refining production techniques to hopefully produce a better product more efficiently. If this is the case, then I look forward to test driving future Toyota vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Introducing the Camry - by Lexus...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Given the numbness of Lexus steering in general, I'm surprised anyone noticed. I thought it was just part of the brand characteristics.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Chazz - yup... all though I didn't find the interior on par with the euro sedans i drove against it at the track I did feel that startling disconnect and ridiculous Stability Control System, by far the worst experience of the four (IS, A4, 3 series, C300). But that doesn't matter, as mentioned by Baby_Schimmerlos, Lexus isn't competing in markets where driving dynamics sell cars so it doesn't matter. In the US the simulacra of what the german luxo barges offered works and sells.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @RowFive

        The soft steering feel could be a reason why Lexus has a market share of only 1% in Germany. I don't want a soft steering feel when I'm going 240km/h on the road. I just want to have a car that drives like on rails and BMW has always been the brand with the best driving dynamics
        • 4 Years Ago
        @zamafir

        Lexus = the "Geri" crowd!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Numb steering is kind of a trademark of Toyota vehicles in general, not "luxury cars." I don't tend to see complaints about MB or BMW steering when in comparos with Lexus, and yet it reliably always shows up with them (and Toyota generally). Just because you have an "F-Line" of sport parts or whatever and made a couple supercars (LFA) does not mean your mainstream cars (ISF included) have good steering feel.

        Same with GM.

        Quit being a shill.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if they are gonna come out with the entire Toyota recall saga in Blu-Ray box set.
        • 4 Years Ago
        *screams Team Camry!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seriously!? Put both hands on the wheel and TURN IT like a normal human being! The car doesn't drive itself you know...yet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Im glad you feel my pain...


        People are so dumb....theres not a damn thing wrong with this car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is considered a positive behavior when a car promptly straightens out upon releasing the steering wheel after a turn. Cars that don't usually exhibit poor on-center feel and are probably over-boosted, with very little steering feedback. I've found rear-drivers are generally better about wheel return than FWD and AWD cars. My wife's Passat 4Motion was pretty bad in terms of wheel return and road communication.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the first time the Lexus LS has even been recalled...come on Toyota get back on the ball.


      I love the LS and I'm looking forward to owning one soon.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nope and If i was I would not be on this site no would I ?


        I can appreciate pure luxury just as much as rare performance....and best believe I am still looking for that performance car to park right next to the LS.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why the hell is there Camry stick-on body kit on this LS400? Talk about degrading an excellent car..
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