Lexus forced to recall 480 cars for repairs over engine noise
LEXUS will next week ask 480 Irish owners of its top cars to bring in their vehicles for two-day repairs.
The recall affects the luxury flagship LS 460 and LS 600h from 2007, and the mid-size GS 450h from mid-2006. Both models are hybrids that use a combination of petrol and electricity to reduce fuel consumption and boost power.
The repairs are being undertaken in response to the possibility of abnormal engine noise or unstable idling.
Lexus said the recall was to replace improperly functioning valve springs, which have been found in some vehicles.
The problem is highlighted by an engine warning light illuminating on the dashboard. Lexus said there was a possibility, in "very rare circumstances", that the engine might stall.
Owners will be given a replacement car for the two days the repairs are being carried out.
When asked if there was any likelihood of the problem cropping up in any other models, a spokesman told the Irish Independent that the firm was adamant the fault was not in any other range.
The company said they had dealt with three cars previously, two in 2009 and one this year, but insisted they were not specifically linked to the current recall.
It confirmed it would start writing to the registered owners of the affected vehicles from next week but was not in a position to say how long the entire operation would take.
"Lexus Ireland is currently identifying the specific customers affected and will be writing to them to arrange a suitable date to complete the procedure," the company said in a statement.
In the event of a light illuminating on the dashboard, owners can contact their Lexus dealers and the problem will be dealt with straightaway, according to the spokesman.
Meanwhile, parent company Toyota has now completed work on the thousands of cars it recalled earlier this year, it was learned last night.
The last cars were finished within the last month.