Toyota Motor Corporation (7203.TO) confirmed late yesterday in Tokyo that it would recall 270,000 luxury vehicles around the world to fix an engine stalling or rough idling problem. No current models are apparently involved.
The latest quality and safety problem follows recalls earlier this year of about 8.5 million vehicles for unintended acceleration or stuck throttle problems, among other defects.
Last week Toyota informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that it would that it will recall 17,000 2010 model year Lexus HS 250h vehicles in the U.S. because they violate Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 301, which limits the amount of fuel that can leak after a rear impact. (See Another Toyota Recall Coming on Lexus Hybrids) NHTSA discovered the defect first.
The beleaguered automaker, which once had an unimpeachable quality reputation, said the valvetrain of 4.6-liter V8 engines and 3.5-liter V6 engines used in the Lexus LS460, Lexus LS600h, Lexus LS600hL, Lexus GS350, Lexus GS450h, Lexus GS460 and Lexus IS350 and the Toyota Crown is making the luxury cars stall. “Contaminated material” was used during the manufacturing process.
About 270,000 vehicles are affected, 90,000 were sold in Japan and the balance overseas.