Lux­ury fail­ings

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IT seems it’s not only the cheap and cheer­ful car brands which suf­fer­ing from ve­hi­cle re­calls for safety is­sues.

Fer­rari has just re­called more than 2000 of its F355 model fit­ted with a sin­gle fuel pump sys­tem and sold in the 90s.

Fer­rari said it would be con- can de­velop a tail slide, lead­ing to a rollover, in an emer­gency sit­u­a­tion.

Once again, Toy­ota Aus­tralia is re­spond­ing with a ‘‘no-panic’’ re­ply. tact­ing known own­ers so their cars can be checked for a prob­lem with the fuel sys­tem pipes.

Porsche, mean­while, wants to re­call 152 Panam­eras, which sell from $270,000 to $365,000.

They have to be checked for faulty seat­belt mount­ing points.

‘‘The Lexus GX460 is not and has never been sold in Aus­tralia,’’ Toy­ota and Lexus spokesman Mike Breen said.

‘‘Toy­ota Mo­tor

Cor­po­ra­tion Ja­pan has ad­vised us that Prado is not af­fected by the sales stop.’’

Toy­ota is even putting a pos­i­tive spin on the Lexus devel­op­ment. ‘‘This is firm ev­i­dence of Toy­ota’s stated in­ten­tion to re­spond even more quickly to en­sure qual­ity and cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion,’’ Breen said.

‘‘It shows that Toy­ota is tak­ing the mat­ter se­ri­ously and is de­ter­mined to iden­tify and cor­rect the is­sue that was iden­ti­fied.

‘‘Hav­ing done that, Toy­ota Mo­tor Cor­po­ra­tion has adopted its nor­mal ap­proach of con­duct­ing fur­ther tests on other SUVs.

‘‘These ve­hi­cles have al­ready un­der­gone ex­ten­sive test­ing and Toy­ota is con­fi­dent they meet its high safety stan­dards.’’

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