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Toyota recalls Lexus ES sedans over steering concerns

Improperly installed right side tie-rod could lead to loss of control

Published: June 30, 2017, 2:30 AM
Updated: July 4, 2017, 5:06 AM

2016 Lexus ES 350

Toyota is recalling 2017 Lexus ES 350s to address a problem with the steering.

Affecting 1,760 sedans, the issue revolves around the right-hand side tie rod assembly that may have been installed improperly. In time, drivers may experience excessive noise and find the vehicle drifting right or left. In extreme circumstances, the car may lose steering control, which would naturally increase the potential for a crash.

Owners will be notified by mail in mid-July and asked to bring their cars to Lexus dealerships, where service personnel will inspect the tie rod assembly to ensure the right-had side lock nut is properly tightened. If it’s found to be loose, the tie-rod assembly, steering assembly and the lock nut will all be replaced. Toyota is not aware of any incidents or injuries related to the issue.

Lexus ES 350 owners can also check the status of their cars at Toyota.com/recall or by calling Lexus Customer Service at (800) 255-3987.