• Jul 1, 2010
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In 20 years, odds are few people will remember that 2010 was one of the worst years for Toyota in terms of recalls, but for now, it seems like the company just can't win for losing. The company has announced that it is currently preparing to recall a total of 270,000 Toyota Crown and Lexus LS, GS and IS models worldwide. As it turns out, some of the company's 4.6-liter V8 and 3.5-liter V6 engines were built using faulty valve springs that may cause the car to stall while driving. Around 180,000 of the faulty powerplants were sold outside of Japan.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the company says that some Toyota Crown, Lexus LS460, Lexus LS600h, Lexus LS600hL, Lexus GS350, Lexus GS450h, Lexus GS460 and Lexus IS350 models will be affected by the recall, and that it will initiate a procedure to fix the problem as soon as it can figure out a way to do so with the least amount of inconvenience to its customers.

The news comes as Toyota continues to try to put this year's bevy of recall issues behind it, including paying a $16.4 million fine to the U.S. government for delaying certain recalls. Thanks for the tip, everyone!



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[Source: The Wall Street Journal]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      One has to wonder, how many little things never come to light, things that are hidden. Somewhere in the manufacturing process this should have been detected, the fact that it wasn't speaks volumes about Toyota's quality control.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, like Hazdaz said, That's not a cheap fix.

      It seems that we are seeing the results of Toyota's quest to be number one. Look for this to continue for awhile until the culture inside Toyota shifts dramatically.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "It seems that we are seeing the results of Toyota's quest to be number one. Look for this to continue for awhile until the culture inside Toyota shifts dramatically."

        100% correct!
        • 4 Years Ago
        When GM & Chrysler were going through their bankruptcies last year, and all the Toyota fans were crowing about how well Toyota was doing, I, among other people, pointed out that in Toyota's quest to be number one, they took some unacceptable shortcuts in the product development process (namely they dramatically increased the use of virtual prototype testing in lieu of more time consuming and expensive real physical prototyping and testing), and I said that the time would come when those short cuts would bite Toyota in the @ss.

        As frequently happens in these types of discussion, I got shouted down. Well, far be from me to say "I told you so", but to all those who want to tout the superiority of Toyota over the Detroit car makers: I told you so. This is just the beginning. Toyota will reap the problems, of ten years of engineering short cuts, for a long time to come. You don't turn this around over night.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree totally, this is a system failure of huge proportions. It'll take years for all those cars to finally be off the road and safely in junkyards where toyota won't have to go in and fix some recall for this and that.

        The Big Three went through this problem earlier than Toyota. They still have a much bigger issue though to deal with in the name of UAW, not to mention the coming Chinese Auto Invasion. There is a very bumpy road ahead for all of them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      my GS350 stalled 2 weeks ago for no reason.

      so this is the reason huh........
      • 4 Years Ago
      What, another Toyota defect that shows how they don't run forever? Hogwash! I'm glad to see more proof that Toyota has become the old Hyundai...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well TOBob, that's true as it goes; CR only reports in its surveys what owners report to them.

      However, if you've read any of CR's reviews of new Toyotas, you know that they have a lot of negative things to say about them in comparison to their predecessors. Scores are dropping, they're complaining about sloppy fit and finish, and increasingly sloppy handling. Some models are now scoring too low to get recommended even if reliability is OK.

      In this year's April Automaker Report Cards, Hyundai (-Kia) was just a point behind overall; tied in test scores. With cars like the Amanti, old Sorento, Tucson, Sportage, etc. out of the mix for 2011, and with the inevitable decline in Toytoa reliability scores due to people upset over the recall, as well as the lower scores posted by new models such as the Sienna and 4Runner, Hyundai will easily pass them next year. Nissan may well, too. So the days of Toyota's being CR's and their readers' darling can be officially declared over for the next decade at least.
        • 4 Years Ago
        CR will be Toyota's media nightmare in the next several years. Having cut too many corners, betraying the trust of and riping-off the consumer , Toyota deserves to be punished by CR as well as consumers. With so many alternative import cars available, consumers need not settle for a Toyota. It's high time the American consumers force Toyota to its knees to beg for mercy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is anyone else perplexed by the headline of this article?

      "Toyota ADMITS 270,000 cars have faulty engines worldwide" (emphasis added).

      Did they deny the issue before or is this just another voluntary recall? If the latter, the word "admits" is very poorly chosen and suggests bias.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ouch.

      And that's not a cheap fix if they have to replace valve springs.


      Again, if Detroit is EVER going to regain some of it's prominence in the automotive world, it's going to have to do it now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's probably gonna be a bitch to fix. Especially if it's on a FWD car. Have fun getting at those rear facing springs! I don't envy the service techs and correct me if I'm wrong but aren't they still not done fixing pedals? Good year for overtime I guess.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Heck, you could replace springs with the head still on, either by pulling the rockers and then using compressed air connected through the spark plug hole to force the valves closed (the way the book said to do it) or the way a friend of mine used to do it, by (after removing the rockers) pushing a piece of nylon rope into the spark plug hole (you leave some hanging out, of course), and turning the crank around to TDC on that cylinder. The rope would take up the space between the piston crown and the chamber, holding the valves against their seats. He used to do that all the time, to replace valve stem seals on the intake valves.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Duke

        Yes, I probably could have done that on my Mustang, I just never did it. The only time I pulled the heads was to replace them with new ones, which is why I know that replacing the valve springs on that car wasn't a big job.

        Considering how tight the engine compartments are on modern cars, I have very little doubt that the engine will need to be pulled to fix most of these cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In my old 5.0L Mustang, I could pull a head with the engine still in the car. From there, replacing springs wasn't so bad. I could probably do the whole procedure in less than a day, and that's with backyard mechanic skills and limited tool availability.

        On a DOHC engine like what Toyota uses, the job becomes vastly more complicated. I'm just guessing here, but I'd say the whole engine has to be removed and the disassembly process is significantly more complicated. It will probably take two dealership mechanics the better part of a day to do this job. The entire job has got to be around $1000 per car.

        *NOTE: This isn't a bash post, just an analysis as to how much the procedure may cost.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, 100%. Time to capitalize on thing like this is NOW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMG,who would have thought that Toyota of all company would have FAULTY engines,wow,i smells fishy, maybe some worker wnated salary increase but were denied so they messed up the engines lol. Anyways,its just 270,000cars ,cough cough.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Somewhere, there are Acura executives and engineers lighting up fat cigars and taking the rest of the day off to play golf.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you're right about Acura, then they'll only be walking a few paces behind Toyota. Complacency is failure's best pal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not a Toyota fan boy, but I remember people defending GM's recalls as being the fault of component suppliers and not GM . . . for all we know that could be the case here . . .
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota has done that too, as well as blaming the driver/owner.

        Reportedly, the fault for this current issue can't be blamed on suppliers since reports indicate that the problem arose from a MANUFACTURING FLAW due to a faulty robot at a Toyota plant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's more than likely the case. But remember this is Toyota, and the US media are latched onto anything sensationist about Toyota like flies around a heifer's backside. The anti-Toyota brigade will undoubtedly be frothing at the mouth, the pro-Japanese groups will be polishing their muskets and the rest of us? We'll take the news just like any other recall.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well damn
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota is like Lindsay Lohan these days, in a constant downward spiral. Consumer Reports will not like this news.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Consumers Reports will ignore this news if the fools who subscribe and respond to surveys keep telling CR how great their Toyota is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Consumer Reports is probably too busy giving the Cruze a poor rating because of a bad experience they had with a Cavalier years ago to notice what is going on here.
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