UPDATE 2-Toyota recalls Lexus LS sedans for steering fix

* To recall four Lexus models including hybrids

* Total may reach 11,500 cars worldwide

* Recall may cover 4,500 cars in Japan

* Recall covers 3,800 cars in U.S.
(Adds U.S. recall details, changes headline)

TOKYO, May 19 (BestGrowthStock) – Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T: ) said
it plans to recall four models of its Lexus luxury car due to
steering problems, its latest move in a series of massive

The recall is likely to cover about 4,500 cars in Japan and
3,800 cars in the United States. The total could reach 11,500
worldwide, Toyota spokeswoman Mieko Iwasaki said on Wednesday.

The models in question were also sold in Europe and China.

The U.S. recall will be filed with safety regulators on
Friday, said Brian Lyons, a company spokesman in the United

The models covered by the recall are the LS460 and LS460L,
and hybrids LS600h and LS600hL.

There have been 10 complaints to the automaker in Japan and
an unknown number in the United States, said Lyons. He said
Toyota was not aware of any injuries or crashes related to the

Delivery of the Lexus LS models were stopped to the U.S.
market on May 14, Lyons said. Toyota has not said when
deliveries of the Lexus models will resume.

At issue is an option called the “variable gear ratio
steering” system that puts the steering wheel back in a
centered position after certain maneuvers are made, such as
U-turns, Lyons said.

The move is the latest in a series of recalls and incidents
that have tarnished Toyota’s reputation for quality.

The automaker has recalled more than eight million Toyota
and Lexus vehicles worldwide in 2009 and this year, including
6.5 million in the United States, mainly due to complaints
about unintended acceleration.

On Tuesday, Toyota paid a $16.4 million fine to settle
allegations by U.S. regulators that it was too slow to recall
vehicles with defective accelerator pedals.

Toyota shares ended down 1 percent at 3,495 yen,
outperforming the Nikkei average, which fell 1.6 percent.

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(Reporting by Nobuhiro Kubo and Taiga Uranaka in Tokyo and
Bernie Woodall in Detroit; Editing by Richard Chang)

UPDATE 2-Toyota recalls Lexus LS sedans for steering fix