Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing has issued a recall for the Lexus GS 350.
Description of Recall
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2007-2011 Lexus GS350 cars manufactured June 19, 2006, through July 12, 2011; and model year 2006-2011 Lexus is350 cars manufactured may 27, 2005, through July 13, 2011; and model year 2010-2011 Lexus is350c cars manufactured November 25, 2009, through July 19, 2011. These cars, equipped with the 2gr-fse engine, use bolts to secure the housing and sprocket of the variable-valve timing (vvt) system gear assembly. These bolts could become loose due to abnormal impacts generated within the gear assembly immediately after a cold start-up.
Severity of the Defect
The loose bolts could cause the vvt gear housing and sprocket to separate and result in the engine stopping while the car is being driven, increasing the risk of a crash.
Lexus’s Recommended Action
Toyota will notify owners, and Lexus dealers will replace the vvt unit free of charge. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.