Toy­ota: En­gines in U.S. Lexuses may be faulty, but no re­call yet

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS AND PERSONAL FINANCE -

Toy­ota Mo­tor Corp. said about 270,000 cars sold world­wide, in­clud­ing lux­ury Lexus sedans, have po­ten­tially faulty en­gines, in the lat­est qual­ity is­sue to con­front the Ja­panese au­tomaker af­ter a string of re­calls.

The Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion, the U.S. govern­ment’s auto safety agency, said Toy­ota had not for­mally no­ti­fied it about a re­call. In a state­ment, Lexus es­ti­mated about 137,000 ve­hi­cles could be af­fected in the U.S. Lexus gen­eral man­ager Mark Tem­plin said dur­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing there were some con­tam­i­nated ma­te­ri­als used for valve springs in the en­gine, which could cause ab­nor­mal noises or rough idling.

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