View Full Version : Yet again, another 'Yota recall

07-06-2010, 02:20 AM

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.

I'm curious as to how it took nearly 5 years to issue the recall....

07-06-2010, 02:42 AM
Time for the issue to develop in the springs enough that they'd catch the owner's attentions?

07-06-2010, 06:50 AM
Yeah, that coulda been something that nobody even noticed till now...

07-07-2010, 12:01 AM
It's in the valve springs. If there is a problem it will take time to develop. This is such a non-issue over all that if it had been another manufacturer it wouldn't even have seen the light of day news wise. I remember back in the early 90's GM had problem with weak valve springs and soft camshafts that ended up with circular lobes in V8's. No big whoop over that.