Steering Problem Leads to Lexus Recall

Toyota Motor Corporation has recalled some of its brand new model year 2013 Lexus GS350 sport sedans because of a steering problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recalled vehicles were manufactured from Dec. 12, 2011, and Feb. 7, 2012. The programming for the steering control electronic control unit for the variable gear ratio steering system could malfunction and cause the steering wheel to become off-centered. This would happen when restarting after having the vehicle parked with the steering wheel turned.

If this problem occurs, the vehicle could move in an unexpected direction because the driver does not realize the steering wheel is off-centered.

The recall potentially affects 663 vehicles. At the time of the recall, Toyota was not aware of any incidents involving this problem. The issue was discovered during testing.

Toyota plans to notify owners. Lexus dealers will update the variable gear ratio steering system for free. The recall should begin in early June. Owners who have questions regarding this recall can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

I applaud the decision to issue this recall before someone is involved in a serious crash because of a malfunctioning steering system. Anyone who owns a recalled car should immediately follow the instructions in the recall.