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TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp. said on Wednesday it is recalling 11,000 Lexus cars in Japan and 46,000 overseas to fix a faulty seat belt part.

Toyota will replace seat belts in both front seats, which can become jammed inside the holding due to a faulty part, it said.

The affected cars are Lexus GS and IS sedans.

No accidents have been reported due to the defect, it said.

Toyota, close to overtaking General Motors Corp. as the world's No.1 seller of automobiles, has sold 15,000 Lexus GS and IS in Japan since it ushered in the 16-year-old Lexus brand to its home market in August 2005 in what it said is a major step toward taking on top luxury marques everywhere else.

It did not disclose estimated recall costs.

Copyright 2006 Reuters

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Guest Josh   
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Toyota, close to overtaking General Motors Corp. as the world's No.1 seller of automobiles

Talk about an unnecessary quote! Holycow it doesn't get much worse than that.

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Flybrian    0

Japanese cars seem to have crappy seatbelt designs that treat the slightest movement as a high G-force impact, locking the retractor and forcing you to completely unbuckle and rebuckle the belt to get any freedom of movement back. I've never had the problem in a domestic; even if the retractor locks, I just lean back a bit and it frees up quickly.

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BrewSwillis    0

No accidents have been reported due to the defect, it said.

O.K., so obviously a defective seatbelt won't cause an accident.......but how many people have burned up in a Lexus after an accident, because they couldn't undo the seatbelt?

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Intrepidation    846

Japanese cars seem to have crappy seatbelt designs that treat the slightest movement as a high G-force impact, locking the retractor and forcing you to completely unbuckle and rebuckle the belt to get any freedom of movement back. I've never had the problem in a domestic; even if the retractor locks, I just lean back a bit and it frees up quickly.

Yeah I hate that sooooooo much...the back seatbelts of a Focus do it to though.

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siegen    20

Japanese cars seem to have crappy seatbelt designs that treat the slightest movement as a high G-force impact, locking the retractor and forcing you to completely unbuckle and rebuckle the belt to get any freedom of movement back. I've never had the problem in a domestic; even if the retractor locks, I just lean back a bit and it frees up quickly.

A little bit of an exageration, but I do know what you are talking about, in both my Civic and Integra.

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capriceman    0

Can this be on the Front page of the Detroit Free press? Even here?

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capriceman    0

remeber tho that in a Lexus you dont have to wear a seat belt since its so safe as it is. :lol:

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BatmanGTO    0

Lexus can't make proper seatbelts! I don't think I can trust them with more complicated devices anymore.

:yes:

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LTB51    0

THis actually made my local news telecast.

Of course it did. Mine too. Actually I just heard the teaser which did not specify Lexus... just "A Japanese automaker". I won't bother ranting about how the media just smeared all Japanese automakers for no reason. :P

FOG's insane ravings aside, the media gives equal opportunity to sensational news. Ford, GM, and Chrysler just have many more recalls that Toyota and Honda.

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Newbiewar    1

Of course it did.  Mine too.  Actually I just heard the teaser which did not specify Lexus... just "A Japanese automaker".  I won't bother ranting about how the media just smeared all Japanese automakers for no reason.  :P 

FOG's insane ravings aside, the media gives equal opportunity to sensational news.  Ford, GM, and Chrysler just have many more recalls that Toyota and Honda.

thats because toyota and honda try not to recall stuff... they cover it under warranty or something...

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LTB51    0

thats because toyota and honda try not to recall stuff... they cover it under warranty or something...

As a general rule that probably applies to all automakers. But it isn't really possible as recalls are often forced. Even the recalls that aren't forced are more than likely done because they are going to be forced, or to try to mitigate legal liability.

Ford has had 9 times the number of recalls/year over the past ~15 years as Toyota. Chevy anout 6 times as many as Toyota.

Things have gotten better recently for the domestics, but we have to be fair and realistic. We wouldn't say that Ford and Chevy are doing better because they are covering things up.

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Drew Dowdell    4,988

But then there are the fairly major things that the Japanese *should* recall, but don't.

1. Toyota's engine sludging

2. Honda's Odessy and TL transmissions breaking.

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Hmm......seatbelt failure....gee I think I'd be firing an engineer or some other stupid-head for that one....And I for one know that the Nipponese like to have their seatbelts lock up and stay that way anytime you even use mildly heavy brake authority....friend of mine's camry would damn near choke you if you had to get on the binders too heavy.

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Nodnarb    0

Apparently Lexus is giving the owners free iPod nanos when they bring their car in for the recall work. It doesn't make the situation any better, but it does help keep good relations with the owner. And as long as they keep doing things like this, they will stay in a positive light with the owners in spite of recalls.

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Newbiewar    1

Apparently Lexus is giving the owners free iPod nanos when they bring their car in for the recall work. It doesn't make the situation any better, but it does help keep good relations with the owner. And as long as they keep doing things like this, they will stay in a positive light with the owners in spite of recalls.

now thats a damn good idea!

although probably not the cheapest solution... a very good idea... to bad GM doesnt have that kinda money laying around

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Apparently Lexus is giving the owners free iPod nanos when they bring their car in for the recall work. It doesn't make the situation any better, but it does help keep good relations with the owner. And as long as they keep doing things like this, they will stay in a positive light with the owners in spite of recalls.

Great so Lexass is buying people off to get them to ignore their recall-mobiles. :stupid:

Maybe enough of them will smarten up and buy a real car at their nearest Buick, Pontiac or Chevy dealer instead of wasting their time on these Jap traps.

Dump your Lexass folks, it ain't all that its cracked up to be. Just an over priced Toyota hunk of shiyte.

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sciguy_0504    0

Great so Lexass is buying people off to get them to ignore their recall-mobiles.  :stupid:

Maybe enough of them will smarten up and buy a real car at their nearest Buick, Pontiac or Chevy dealer instead of wasting their time on these Jap traps.

Dump your Lexass folks, it ain't all that its cracked up to be. Just an over priced Toyota hunk of shiyte.

Can you read?

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Can you read?

:unsure: Um, yeah, I can write too... :unsure:

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