Lexus, which just recently recalled some 17,000 2010 HS 250h hybrids over potential fuel leakage issues, is now running into minor troubles with some of its other hybrids. The luxury auto brand division of Toyota announced this week it is looking into a solution for a potential valve spring issue which, in very rare cases, could cause the engine to stop while the vehicle is in operation.
Lexus said 137,000 vehicles are believed to be impacted by this issue, including the GS 450h and LS 600h L hybrids. On these vehicles with V8 and V6 engines were discovered faulty valve springs which, due to slight variations during the manufacturing process, could have allowed for foreign material to contaminate them. This could rarely result in the engine stopping, or more likely cause abnormal engine noise or idling.
Lexus was quick to point out that it has received any reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue. It is looking into how to resolve the situation and will announce a solution as soon as it can. It also said that current model years are not affected.
“In the meantime, we sincerely apologize to our customers for any inconvenience and request that they contact their nearest Lexus dealer if they believe there is a problem with their vehicle,” said Mark Templin, group vice president and general manager of the U.S. Lexus Division, in a statement.