Thanks to a recall announced last week, Toyota is halting sales of its Lexus LS luxury sedan while it corrects a problem with the steering.
The problem is that when turned to the far left or far right, the steering wheel can become momentarily out of alignment with the wheels before quickly re-centering. Toyota plans to repair the problem by replacing the variable-steering system's computer chip.
Toyota will not sell any LS models until the new chips begin arriving in dealership between mid and late June.
Already, the company has recalled about 7,250 LS sedans world wide; 4,500 in Japan and 2,750 in the rest of the globe.
The company has sold 4,000 LS models so far this year, and the recall affects cars built between August 28 and May 18. Models produced outside that time frame are unaffected and will still be sold, while new cars coming off the line have already had the problem remedied.
[Source: Chicago Tribune]