Lexus New Zealand recalls 185 faulty vehicles

Lexus New Zealand recalls 185 faulty vehicles

It’s no secret that 2010 has already been a tough year for Toyota and it’s just taken another turn for the worse. The company has announced that it’s preparing to recall a total of 270,000 Toyota Crown and Lexus badged models worldwide. Toyota’s 4.6-litre v8 and 3.5-litre V6 engines are the problem, they were built with faulty valve springs that may cause the car to stall while driving. While the issue is not as immediately dangerous as the recent unintended acceleration problems, it comes as another blow to Toyota’s global reputation, especially as 180,000 of the recalled vehicles were sold outside of Japan.

Only 185 vehicles here in NZ will be affected by the recall and Lexus New Zealand is to assure trouble-free motoring for the owners of its premium V8 and GS450 hybrid vehicles by replacing their engine valve springs.

Debbie Pattullo, National Manager for Lexus New Zealand, says the springs will be replaced over the next few months, purely to remove the possibility of future problems.

“Lexus is committed to ensuring its customers have an exemplary experience with their vehicles, and that includes ensuring all future owners also receive the highest possible care. While no problems have been reported, and the chances of an incident are remote, Lexus wants to replace the springs so it can be confident no future problems will occur.”

The work will be completed at Lexus dealers without charge, and the affected drivers will have the use of a premium Lexus loan car while their vehicle is being serviced.

Internationally, the exact models possibly affected by the recall are: Toyota Crown, Lexus LS460, Lexus LS600h, Lexus LS600hl, Lexus GS350, Lexus GS450h, LExus GS460 and Lexus IS350.

It’s no secret that 2010 has already been a tough year for Toyota and it’s just taken another turn for the worse. The company has announced that it’s preparing to recall a total of 270,000 Toyota Crown and Lexus badged models worldwide. Toyota’s 4.6-litre v8 and 3.5-litre V6 engines are the problem, they were built with faulty valve springs that may cause the car to stall while driving. While the issue is not as immediately dangerous as the recent unintended acceleration problems, it comes as another blow to Toyota’s global reputation, especially as 180,000 of the recalled vehicles were sold outside of Japan.

Only 185 vehicles here in NZ will be affected by the recall and Lexus New Zealand is to assure trouble-free motoring for the owners of its premium V8 and GS450 hybrid vehicles by replacing their engine valve springs.

Debbie Pattullo, National Manager for Lexus New Zealand, says the springs will be replaced over the next few months, purely to remove the possibility of future problems.

“Lexus is committed to ensuring its customers have an exemplary experience with their vehicles, and that includes ensuring all future owners also receive the highest possible care. While no problems have been reported, and the chances of an incident are remote, Lexus wants to replace the springs so it can be confident no future problems will occur.”

The work will be completed at Lexus dealers without charge, and the affected drivers will have the use of a premium Lexus loan car while their vehicle is being serviced.

Internationally, the exact models possibly affected by the recall are: Toyota Crown, Lexus LS460, Lexus LS600h, Lexus LS600hl, Lexus GS350, Lexus GS450h, LExus GS460 and Lexus IS350.

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