Toyota begins recall for engine fix

Car giant Toyota has begun its recall of nearly 92,000 cars in Japan to fix faulty components that could make the engine stall while moving.

On Friday the company announced a worldwide recall of 270,000 cars in the Lexus and Crown range after receiving nearly 200 complaints about engine problems.

No accidents have been reported yet, but Toyota is moving to replace valve springs and key parts of the engine.

It has already informed the Japanese government and is planning to initiate overseas recalls soon - including 138,000 vehicles in the US, 15,000 in Europe, 10,000 in the Middle East, 6,000 in China, 4,000 in Canada, and 8,000 in other regions.

The recalled vehicles were all manufactured between July 2005 and August 2008 and Toyota said none of the models made in 2009 or 2010 had been affected.

Lexus models included in the recall are GS350, GS450h, GS460, IS350, LS460,LS600h, LS600hL.

Toyota spokesman Paul Nolasco said: "We apologise for inconveniencing our customers. We hope to fix the problem soon."

The world's largest carmaker has been beleaguered by quality issues that have forced it to recall more than 8.5 million vehicles globally since October for problems including floor mat defects, sticky accelerator pedals and braking software glitches.

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