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Lexus recalls LS over unstable run-flat tires

Standard run-flat tires on LS 500/LS 500h may suffer from tread separation

Published: February 27, 2019, 9:30 PM
Updated: March 5, 2019, 4:20 AM

2018 Lexus LS 500h

Toyota is recalling Lexus LS luxury flagship sedans over a concern with the cars’ run-flat tires.

2019 Lexus LS 500h

The company said that certain LS 500 and LS 500h from 2018 may have improperly assembled wheel/tire mountings that might result in the development of a tire-sidewall reinforcement-layer crack. The condition could lead to separation of certain portions of the tire tread, which could lead to a decrease in stability and increase the risk of the driver losing control of the car.

Although the company did not release the name of the tire manufacturer (Bridgestone was chosen as the supplier of Lexus LS run-flat tires in 2017), it will resolve the issue by replacing all four run-flat tires. The company will notify owners by late April.

2018 Lexus LS 500

Approximately 6,300 cars are affected by the recall, though it’s not known at this time how many are in Canada.

Customers can check on the status of their vehicles at www.lexus.ca/recall or by calling the Lexus Guest Experience Center at (800) 265.3987.