Toyota to recall 11,500 Lexus vehicles

Toyota said it had received 12 reports of electrical problems causing the steering system to malfunction for a few seconds in four models -- the LS460 and LS460L, and the LS600h and LS600hL hybrids.

"We are planning to recall a total of about 11,500 Lexus models worldwide," Toyota Motor Corp spokesman Paul Nolasco told AFP.The Japanese government said the recall would include around 4,500 Lexus cars domestically.

Mamoru Kato, auto analyst at Tokai Tokyo Securities, said the latest development showed Toyota was working to speed up its recall and quality control process after facing earlier criticism for being too slow.

"After Toyota was criticised for its delays in announcing recalls, it has changed its procedure so that it can act more swiftly in dealing with customer complaints," he said.Toyota has pulled around 10 million vehicles worldwide since late last year for safety issues and has paid a record USD 16.4 million fine to settle claims it hid gas pedal defects blamed for more than 50 US deaths.

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