Toronto, Ontario – Lexus Canada will conduct a voluntary safety recall on certain LS vehicles equipped with variable gear ratio steering (VGRS). The recall affects late 2009 and certain 2010 model-year LS sedans and covers approximately 140 vehicles.
The recall addresses a temporary steering wheel off-centre condition that may develop under a specific driving manoeuvre. It will not occur during normal driving conditions.
The VGRS system changes the gear ratio to enable easier handling during low-speed driving and better stability at higher speeds. The system may exhibit a temporary steering wheel off-centre condition after driving away quickly from a very tight turn where the steering was at full lock position. The off-centre will automatically be corrected in approximately five seconds by the VGRS system as the vehicle is driven. The driver may notice the system auto-correcting as the steering wheel slowly moves to the centre position while driving straight during the VGRS correction.
Lexus has not received any Canadian customer reports of the condition and no crashes or injuries have been reported.
Owners of the involved vehicles will receive initial notifications in early June. As soon as replacement parts are available, Lexus will send a second notification, advising owners to take the vehicle to a Lexus dealer to have the steering control computer replaced at no charge with a newly-designed one. No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles are involved in the recall.
Customers with further questions can visit Lexus or call 1-800-265-3987.