Toyota Motor Corporation and its premium division, Lexus, will be issuing a voluntary recall on the all-new GS sedan. The sedans affected by a faulty steering system are 2013 model year GS350s manufactured from December 12, 2011 through February 7, 2012. So far, approximately 663 vehicles are at risk. Due to a programing issue, the Steering Control Electronic Control Unit may not be able to mitigate the Variable Gear Ratio Steering mechanism. If the problem goes without remedy, a brand-new Lexus could drive off in an unintended direction.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the miscommunication between the two systems could lead to the steering wheel itself becoming off-centered. In the event where the Lexus is restarted after it had once been parked with a turned steering wheel, the direction could immediately change and the GS could move down an unexpected path. To fix the issue, certified dealers will reprogram and update the Variable Gear Ratio Steering System. This will take place at no extra cost to owners who will be notified of the recall beginning early June.
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