• May 28, 2010
2010 Lexus LS steering fault – Click above to watch video after the jump

Toyota seems to have learned from its recent brushes with the law over how the company handles its recalls. While the automaker has been judged to be less than transparent in both the floor mat and unintended acceleration sagas, the company has responded to recent Lexus LS recalls with plenty of information for both owners and the public at large. Example, you ask? How about the video after the jump? Toyota has apparently released a quick flick showing exactly what happens when the design defect rears its ugly head on the range-topping sedan. Apparently, if a driver turns the steering wheel to full lock in one direction and then rapidly turns it back the opposite direction, the steering wheel won't center itself even though the vehicle is traveling straight.

Eventually, the variable gear-ratio system will allow the steering wheel to right itself, but it takes its sweet time. Only around 3,800 of the vehicles with this problem are actually roaming U.S. highways, and all of them are eligible for a free fix. Toyota has said that the problem is both mechanical and software related.



Photos by Frank Filipponio / Copyright ©2009 Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Lexus Enthusiast]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      TOYO JUNK
      • 4 Years Ago
      No wonder they recalled it, the steering wheel jumped to the wrong side of the car!
      • 4 Years Ago
      that's about right.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So the steering wheel is connected to a couple of pots like an old school balance control on a stereo and is returned by clock springs and sends signals to motors that operate the rack?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought steer-by-wire was illegal on the federal level

        On another note, why the hell doesn't autoblog comment system ever remember my username?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is not steer by wire (which is illegal)
        It is the variable ratio mechanism, not keeping up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, whiskers, the posting engine sucks. I always have to Ctrl-C my comments (like just now), because it usually takes at least two tries to get them to take. Plus I have to type in my password again, and uncheck the "e-mail me" box. Epic Fail.

      • 4 Years Ago
      What! how did that work ? they are not mechanistically connected ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      What would happen if the driver yanks the wheel back in position, despite the car driving straight? Will it turn with the wheel, or will the wheel just realign and the car not move?
      • 4 Years Ago
      How the hell can I have THREE dup postings if I only clicked add comment ONCE?
      • 4 Years Ago
      EPAS, the way of the future. Sigh :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      That turning radius looks way too good in that video. I'm calling that a CGI view through the windshield.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This what people get for not want to drive the car themselves....we have all these damn technology that help us with things we don't need help for...


      This system is supposed to help us turn the wheel....are you kidding me? WE CANT TURN THE DAMN WHEEL OURSELVES ANY MORE ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        THIS is why people can not drive.....they relay on technology too much to help them out...


        I say give every single car a stick and take away alllll the unneeded technology....and I grantee you people will be more aware & better drivers.



        Its said to say this.....but my mom who has been driving for years now, the other day we were driving and she didn't kno which gauge indicated the MPH.......
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's not a defect, that's a feature.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM invented variable ratio power steering and this never happened to a GM car. If the steering wheel can move Independently of the movement of the front wheels then it has to be a drive by wire system like I said. And it makes sense; they have to make right and left hand drive versions of this car, and it would be cheaper and easier if it is a by wire system. Also with no column the crumple zones can work in a more controlled way with no worry of intrusion.
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