Toyota recalls over 90,000 vehicles

Toyota has issued a recall of more than 90,000 vehicles in Japan, including its luxury Lexus and Crown cars, over an engine fault.

The Japanese car maker, which has been beset by a number of recalls over safety problems, said that the latest problem is due to a flaw in the valve spring - a crucial component for the car engine. The defect could cause vehicles to stall, the firm added.

The vehicles affected by stalling engines include Lexus models GS350, GS450h, GS460, IS350, LS460, LS600h, LS600hL and Crown models. Toyota is also planning to launch recalls in overseas markets soon.

Although no accidents or injuries have been caused due to the fault, some 220 complaints have been reported.

Around 270,000 vehicles, including 180,000 outside Japan, are thought to be potentially affected by the engine defect.

Over 8.5 million vehicles have been recalled by Toyota over the past few months due to a series of safety problems - including sticking accelerator pedals, braking software glitches and defective floor mats.

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