In yet another blow to the company’s image, Toyota has announced that 270,000 of its vehicles are equipped with faulty engines. The problem is quite the opposite of the “unintended acceleration” issue, with Toyota stating that the engines could simply stall while the cars are in motion. No recall has been announced, but one is likely.
Toyota did not mention what specific vehicles are affected by the problem, but did indicate that some Lexus models are included. Japans Nikkei is reporting that the Lexus LS460 is one of the affected models, while the Wall Street Journal also includes GS and IS models.
Of the 270,000 vehicles involved, 180,000 were sold outside Japan.
Last week Lexus recalled the HS250h model after crash tests showed an excessive fuel leak occurred during those tests.