Toyota warns of engine defect in Lexus, Crown models

Toyota warned on Thursday of an engine fault worldwide in eight models of its luxury Lexus and Crown sedans, potentially requiring a recall that could affect up to 270 000 units.

“The defective engines, whose valve springs are not working properly, may halt in the worst-case scenario while driving,” Toyota spokesperson Hideto Yukawa said. “The company is preparing for taking market measures as soon as possible.”

The spokesperson did not rule out a recall announcement in the future.

The defective 4,6-litre V8 and 3,5-litre V6 engines are installed in eight top-line models, including some hybrids — the Lexus GS350, GS450h, GS460, IS350, LS460, LS600h and LS600hL, as well as Crown sedans, he said.

As many as 270 000 units worldwide, including 90 000 cars in Japan, may be affected if the company decides to pull the models.

The world’s largest car-maker has been hit by a series of safety recalls and has pulled about 10-million vehicles worldwide since late last year. — AFP

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