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 |  Jul 05 2010, 8:30 AM

After admitting it sold as many as 270,000 vehicles with defective engines, Lexus has now announced it will recall those models, which include 138,000 Lexus IS, GS and LS models in the United States. The issue relates to the possibility that the engines could have been built using faulty valve springs which could result in a poor idle or stalling. Lexus says the likelihood of this happening is 0.2 percent.

Vehicles affected include the 2007-08 GS350 and GS 450h, 2008 GS460, 2006-08 IS350, 2007-08 LS460 and LS460 L, as well as the 2008 LS600h L.

Owners will be contacted by Lexus. Those with questions are asked to call Customer Experience Center at 1-800-255-3987.

Official release after the jump:

PRESS RELEASE

Lexus Announces Intention to Recall Certain U.S. Market Vehicles to Replace Engine Valve Springs

TORRANCE, Calif. (July 2, 2010) — Lexus, a division of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., today announced that it has informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of its intention to file a Defect Information Report (DIR) regarding approximately 138,000 Lexus vehicles, powered by 4.6 and 5.0 liter V8 and 3.5 liter V6 engines in certain 2006, 2007 and 2008 GS, IS and LS models in the U.S.  The formal report will be filed the week of July 5.
In the covered vehicles, due to slight variations during the manufacturing process, some foreign material may have contaminated a small number of the valve springs.  If a vehicle is affected, there is a remote possibility that abnormal engine noise or idling may occur. In extremely rare instances, the engine may stop while the vehicle is in operation.
Lexus estimates that the likelihood of a customer vehicle experiencing this condition is two-tenths of one percent (0.2 %). Lexus has received no reports of accidents or injuries related to this condition. No vehicles from the current 2010 model year nor 2009 are affected.
Lexus will send owners of the involved vehicles a recall notification via first class mail.  Owners are requested to contact their local Lexus dealer for diagnosis and repair after receiving their notification.  The repair will involve replacement of the engine’s valve springs at no charge.
Owners can continue to drive their vehicles. If symptoms are noticed, such as vibration, rough idling, unusual engine sounds or poor performance, the vehicle should be brought to a Lexus dealer for service.
Certain Lexus vehicles produced among the following models and years are covered:
Model
Model Year
GS 350
2007
2008
GS 450h
2007
2008
GS 460
2008
IS 350
2006
2007
2008
LS 460
2007
2008
LS 460 L
2007
2008
LS 600h L
2008
Customers with questions or concerns should contact the Customer Experience Center at 1-800-255-3987.