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TOKYO, Jul. 5, 2010 (Kyodo News International) --
(Editors: ADDING DETAILS)

Toyota Motor Corp. filed with the transport ministry Monday for a recall in Japan of over 90,000 cars spanning eight models, mostly of the luxury Lexus brand, due to an engine defect, in the latest of a series of recalls to hit Japan's top carmaker.

The recall beginning Friday will cover a total of 91,903 cars of seven Lexus models -- the top-of-the-line LS460 sedan, LS600h, LS600hL, GS350, GS450h, GS460 and IS350 -- as well as the Toyota Crown, according to Toyota and the ministry.

The cars subject to recall were manufactured between July 27, 2005, and Aug. 21, 2008.

The defect in the engine valve spring produces an unusual sound, results in engine malfunction and in the worst cases stalls the engine while the car is moving.

In its recall notice to the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, the automaker said it will replace the defective valve springs with reinforced springs to fix the problem.

Toyota said it will inform customers by means such as direct mail or telephone.

Toyota said it has received 220 complaints in relation to the valve springs but no reports of accidents.

The Aichi Prefecture-based company attributed the cause of the problem to the presence of very minute foreign substances in the valve spring, saying it had failed to remove the foreign substances which could weaken the strength of the valve spring.

Toyota has announced it will also recall in the United States around 138,000 Lexus vehicles including the LS460. Including Japan, about 270,000 vehicles worldwide are expected to be recalled due to the defective engine valve springs.

Expenditures linked to the latest recall at home and abroad are expected to reach 20 billion yen.

Toyota officials said they had received complaints from customers from around March 2007 and after investigating the matter had decided to reinforce the valve springs for cars manufactured from August 2008, but did not resort to a recall at the time.

The latest development could deal yet another blow to the company's efforts to redeem its reputation through stricter quality control checks, as more than 8 million vehicles have been recalled worldwide since last autumn, including some of its top-selling models such as the Prius hybrid and the Camry sedan, over problems involving accelerator pedals, floor mats and brakes.

 

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