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Al Futtaim to recall 1,347 Lexus LS 460 vehicles

Toyota Motors starts recall of more than 90,000 defective luxury Lexus and Toyota Crown vehicles

  • Gulf News Report
  • Published: 11:05 July 5, 2010

The Lexus LS 460
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  • More than 1,000 selected 2007 and 2008 model year Lexus LS 460s are affected in the latest recall.
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Dubai: Al Futtaim Motors, the exclusive dealer for Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the UAE, said 1,347 selected 2007 and 2008 model year Lexus LS 460s are affected in the latest round of recalls initiated by the Japanese car maker.

“Lexus Japan has confirmed that due to possible defective valve springs there is a small possibility of abnormal engine noise or rough idling.  In extremely rare instances, the engine may stall,” Simon Frith, Managing Director of Al Futtaim Motors, said in a statement to Gulf News.

“In the interests of delivering the highest standards of Lexus product quality and customer care, we will be contacting our customers directly for a complimentary replacement of the affected parts,” he said.

Read in-depth report on global car recalls

Toyota Motor Corporation, the world's largest automaker, said on Monday it will recall 91,903 cars sold in Japan after saying engines in as many as 270,000 vehicles worldwide may have a defect that can lead to stalling, Bloomberg reported.

The company will recall Lexus GS 350, GS 450h, GS 460, IS 350, LS 460, LS 600h and LS 600hL models and some Toyota Crown cars because of problems with valves, according to a statement on the website of Japan’s Transportation Ministry.

Toyota is working to restore its reputation for quality after recalling about eight million vehicles globally for defects linked to unintended acceleration. The company recalled about 13,000 Lexus GX 460 sport-utility vehicles in April after Consumer Reports labeled the model a "safety risk" because it could roll over. The designation was removed in May.

The recall in Japan covers cars built between July 2005 and August 2008. The automaker will notify US regulators of the recall next week, Toyota said.

About 138,000 vehicles in the U.S. may have engine problems ranging from "abnormal" noise and idling to stalling while the vehicle is moving, according to the company.

The latest recall may cost the carmaker 20 billion yen ($228 million), the Asahi newspaper reported last week. Toyota spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi declined to comment on the potential cost.

Comments (8)

  1. Added 15:02 July 6, 2010

    Even now with these recalls I still think toyota cars are good because of low maintenance required. My friend owns an Hiace with 300,000kms and it still runs like new. Only the first 1,000kms service was done in Al Futtaim. The rest were at Express Lubes or in his friend's garage. Other than regular parts replacement he just got one problem of brake noise at 250,000kms which was solved by a minor drum polishing. My Nissan Armada's disc and pads needs to be polished every 15,000 to 20,000kms.

    Rahul Jones, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 11:27 July 6, 2010

    In 2008 I had bought a 2008 LS460L paying full cash.. since the begining there were quite a few problems and for each new problem, it took so much time, effort, and communication to sort it out. I got a huge pile of emails and reports. The main problem being some kind of a noise from the breaks for which Al Futtaim had to replace all 4 brakes and all 4 discs two times. I kept crying demanding a replacement since this is a high value and branded product, however, I wasnt heard. I should have bought a cayene or S class or 750 :( for that price.

    Kamran, Dubai, Pakistan

  3. Added 10:21 July 6, 2010

    The recent recalls have definitely taught Toyota a lesson or two on quality control and production . No doubts, Toyota makes good cars, and the recalls show they are now very much committed to quality.

    Anish , Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 09:23 July 6, 2010

    Why are people criticizing Toyota so much? Is it because of their flawless reputation in the past? Why are people making such a big deal of every issue? If one takes the time to read carefully, Lexus is re-calling vehicles due to rough idling! 90% of drivers in the UAE would not even realise that there was an issue. There is no real safety hazard in this situation. Rather than fix issues as and when they crop up, Lexus has recalled the vehicles and offered a complimentary change of part. I think such an act should be commended. They are taking pride in their vehicles and standards. I do believe the recent hype surrounding Toyota is blown completely out of proportion. Im not saying there isn't the possibility of an issue arising but the real world chances are nil. I do not own a Toyota or a Lexus but I can still stand back and say that they make quality vehicles and will probably continue to do so for decades to come.

    Jimmy Sadri, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 08:01 July 6, 2010

    The recall shows their commitment to the customers in providing quality and satisfaction which cant do by the other economic car companies.

    Sanis, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 17:07 July 5, 2010

    It seems to me that Toyota is no better than any of the other manufacturers out there, especially since their sales figures were driven just by sheer 'Trust' which is only proving to be hypothetical. C'mon people, there are other manufacturers out there giving a better thrill than Toyota which has gotten boring and overly priced lately.

    Alfred, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 13:56 July 5, 2010

    I admire the service and commitment of Toyota to their customers, they tend to keep their customers satisfied and safe. I only wish I knew before what i know now... I only wish i bought a toyota and not a Kia 4 years ago, i am 6 years stuck with my Kia due to long payment agreement with the bank and I have spent over 35,000 dhs in cash on parts and services but until today Kia could not figure out what is the problem with my engine it is always choking and gear gets stuck in 5th gear on long drive even if i slow down, i have to fully stop the car before the gear returns to normal. Those people who bought Toyota all i could say is that you made the right choice.

    Michael, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 12:11 July 5, 2010

    Shame to the company Toyota. Only prices are sky high but the cars are defective now. People should stop investing in this luxury cars and should go for economical cars.

    pravin, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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