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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 19, 2010 @ 5:26 pm

    Lexus recalls some LS models over steering issues

    Michael McAleer

    Lexus is recalling 11,500 of its flagship LS460 and LS600h saloons due to a possible steering problem. However, only three cars are affected in Ireland.

    In a statement today, Toyota’s premium brand said the recall relates to a computer hardware issue controlling the Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) system. “The system may, in rare instances, exhibit a temporary steering wheel off-centre condition after driving away from a very tight turn where the steering was at the full lock position.” This may result in the car not steering properly for a few seconds.

    Parent company Toyota has gone through a difficult six months with several recalls totalling nearly eight million vehicles globally.

    The low number of Irish LS cars affected may be down to the fact that this particular model has found it difficult to compete in the luxury end of an Irish market dominated by diesel derivatives in recent years. Both the LS460 and LS600h feature V8 petrol engines, although the latter combines this with a hybrid electric system.

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