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Toyota to issue new recall over engines

BY David Shepardson / Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington -- Toyota Motor Corp. plans to issue a new recall of about 270,000 cars worldwide with potentially faulty engines -- the latest in a string of quality issues to ensnare the Japanese automaker.

Japan's daily Yomiuri reported that Toyota will notify the Japanese government's transport ministry of a recall on Monday.

In Washington, Toyota hasn't formally notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of a recall, but officials expect the automaker will take action on Tuesday. Under U.S. law, an automaker has five days to recall a vehicle after discovering a safety defect.

A person familiar with the matter said about 135,000 of the affected vehicles are in the United States -- and the recall will address problems with stalling, noise and unstable idling.

The Associated Press quoted Toyota spokesman Hideaki Homma as saying the company was evaluating measures to deal with the problem of defective engines. Homma said they can stall while the vehicle is moving.

Toyota has recalled more than 9 million vehicles for sudden acceleration problems and other issues.

AP said of the 270,000 vehicles with engine problems, some 180,000 were sold overseas and the rest in Japan. They include the popular Crown and seven models of luxury Lexus sedans.

Toyota said it has received roughly 200 complaints in Japan over faulty engines. Some drivers told Toyota that the engines made odd noises, but no accidents have been reported.

Last week, Toyota recalled 17,000 2010 Lexus 250h hybrid vehicles and ordered its dealers to halt sales -- at least the company's fourth stop-sale this year.

In May, Toyota halted sales of its Lexus LS 460 and LS 600h L vehicles for a steering system issue; in April, Toyota told dealers to stop selling the 2010 Lexus GX 460 SUV, after Consumer Reports urged consumers not to buy it. Toyota ultimately recalled the vehicle for a software upgrade.

In January, Toyota said it would stop selling 60 percent of its U.S. models until it came up with a fix for its sticky pedal problems in the United States.

Toyota's woes have sparked calls in Congress for a revamping of auto safety laws and in May, Toyota paid a $16.4 million fine to U.S. regulators for delaying a recall of 2.3 million vehicles at least four months -- the largest-ever such fine.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100701/AUTO01/7010428/1148/auto01/Toyota-to-issue-new-recall-over-engines#ixzz0sTKWTURc

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