270,000 Lexus and other vehicles worldwide will be recalled to fix faulty engines in the latest quality lapse at the world’s number 1 automaker. The problems are valve springs, a crucial engine component, could make the vehicle stall while it’s moving. Contaminated materials were used for valve springs during manufacturing. Toyota admitted it knew about the engine problem in the Lexus and Crown vehicles two years ago but didn’t believe a recall was needed at the time. The company says it has changed the spring part to correct the problem.
Toyota claims it previously thought the problem was caused by a foreign substance entering during manufacturing of the valve springs, but when the complaints started coming more and more, the company decided there was a design defect. Toyota is now under a global recall to repair the 270,000 vehicles to replace engine components.