“Toyota North America is aware that certain 2010 Lexus LS sedans equipped with optional Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) may exhibit a temporary steering wheel off-center condition, under a specific driving maneuver. Based on our discussions with Toyota Motors Corporation, preparations are being made to file a recall in the United States on Friday, May 21,” reads the press release.
Toyota USA explained in detail how the system fault could affect Lexus LS models. “The VGRS may exhibit a temporary steering wheel off-center condition of up to 90 degrees after driving quickly from a very tight turn where the steering was at the end of its travel (full lock position - left or right)”, the statement continued.
“GRS automatically corrects the steering wheel off-center condition as the vehicle is driven within approximately one to three seconds. The driver may notice this condition as the steering wheel slowly moves to the center position while driving straight during the VGRS correction”, ends the Toyota press release.
Toyota Motor Corporation will recall 11,500 Lexus vehicles sold worldwide for problems related to steering. 4,500 of them are in Japan, 3,800 in the U.S. and the rest in Europe, China and the Middle East. The models in question are the LS460, LS 460 L, LS 600h and LS 600h L. Launched in 2006, the current generation of the Lexus LS is a rival for the Mercedes-Bens S-Klasse, the BMW 7 Series and the Audi A8.