The world’s largest automaker, which has been beset by a string of high profile recalls, announced to the Japanese government that it was recalling 91,903 vehicles due to engine defects.The technical problem behind the latest recall is a flaw in the valve spring, a crucial component for the car engine, which could cause vehicles to stall while in motion.Read the full news from Bernama below.
TOYOTA TO RECALL MORE THAN 91,000 CARS OVER ENGINE DEFECT.
TOKYO, July 5 — Toyota Motor began recalling more than 91,000 vehicles in Japan because of an engine defect affecting its luxury Lexus range and Crown sedans, the latest in a string of recalls hitting the company, reports China’s Xinhua news agency on Monday.
The carmaker submitted a report to the Transport Ministry for the recall of 91,903 units, part of a global recall announced last week that involves 270,000 vehicles worldwide including around 138,000 in the United States.
The automaker said it received 220 complaints in Japan but no accidents nor injuries were reported.
It warned that a faulty valve spring could cause abnormal engine noise and possible malfunction, stopping entirely in a worst case scenario.
Toyota has pulled around 10 million vehicles worldwide since late last year, mostly due to acceleration problems.
In its recall notice to the Transport Ministry, Toyota said it will fix the problem by replacing the defective valve springs with reinforced springs.
The automaker said defective 4.6-litre V8 and 3.5-litre V6 engines were installed in eight models including some hybrids — the Lexus GS350, GS450h, GS460, IS350, LS460, LS600h and LS600hL as well as Crown sedans.
The models were built in 2005-2008.