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Toyota to Recall Lexus GS and IS Series Due to Seat Belt Problem

13 April 2006 ( Japan)
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Thousands of Lexus cars in Japan and abroad are subject to be recalled due to a defective seat belt component.

Toyota announced that it will replace both seat belts in the front seats after discovering that it may not be retracted properly due to a faulty winding apparatus. However, the car maker maintains that the seat belts would still be able to hold the passenger’s body in the event of a collision.

There are no reports of any injuries sustained due to the defect. However, the car manufacturing giant has received 236 complaints regarding seat belt problems between September 2005 and March of this year.

The unique winding component can only be found in Lexus cars.

The Lexus models that are covered by the recall order are the GS and IS sedan series. There are 11,000 affected cars in Japan, 4,000 in the U.K., and 9,800 more for the rest of Europe. Overall, there are 46,000 Lexus cars around the world that are covered by the Toyota directive.

This is not the first time that Toyota has issued a recall order on the Lexus model. Late last month, 14 Lexus cars were subjected to a similar order due to air bag problems.

No details were given by the car maker as to its estimated recall expenditures.

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