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So far, Toyota has only listed a vague explanation for the defect, with a company spokeswoman stating that “The problem occurs when foreign substances enter the material used to make the part, causing the spring to weaken and break.” According Monika Saito, Toyota’s spokeswoman, the company implemented a re-designed valve spring once the problem was discovered, but felt that a recall was unnecessary.
The recall may affect as many as 270,000 cars world wide, with the Lexus GS, IS and LS models comprising the bulk of the problem vehicles. Toyota is also recalling the Lexus HS250h hybrid sedan for an unrelated safety defect.
[Source: Automotive News]