By Colin Bird on July 1, 2010
The issue stems from the valve springs in Toyota’s 4.6-liter V-8 and 3.6 3.5-liter V-6 engines that can cause idling problems. This could cause the engine to stall while the vehicle is moving. According to Japanese officials, there haven’t been any accidents linked to the stalling engines.
According to a Toyota spokeswoman, the models affected by this engine problem include:
Of the 270,000 vehicles with the affected engines, 90,000 were sold in Japan.
At the moment a U.S. recall is tentative, but an official recall in Japan will begin on Monday. According to Reuters, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn’t been made aware of any new Lexus recalls.Update: Lexus has officially announced that 137,000 vehicles in America are affected by this issue. The U.S. models affected include the Lexus IS 350, Lexus GS 350, Lexus GS 460, Lexus GS 450h, Lexus LS 460 and Lexus LS 600hL.