Toyota recalls Lexus cars in Japan

Car giant Toyota is recalling 4,500 Lexus vehicles in Japan over faults in computerised steering controls, with possible fixes required for a further 7,000 cars worldwide.

According to a spokesman, the company has received complaints from 12 motorists in Japan, although no accidents have been reported from anywhere.

The latest recall involves a computerised steering system on the Lexus "LS" range, which comes as a standard in cars sold in Japan but is optional in some other regions.

Toyota has sold around 7,000 of the luxury vehicles overseas - 3,800 of them in the US, 800 in China, 150 in Europe and the rest in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Australia.

The manufacturer has been hit with a series of worldwide recalls over safety issues in several of its models and has paid a record 16.4 million dollars in fine in the US, where it still faces a host of state and federal lawsuits.

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