Toyota Motor Corp, the world’s biggest auto maker, said on Wednesday the company plans to recall four models of its Lexus luxury car in Japan due to steering problems.
The recall is likely to cover about 4,500 cars in Japan and the total could reach 11,500 worldwide, Toyota spokeswoman Mieko Iwasaki said.
The models in question were sold in the US, Europe and China as well as Japan.
The models covered by the recall include the LS460 and LS460L, and hybrids LS600h and LS600hL.
The move is the latest in a series of recalls and incidents that have tarnished Toyota’s reputation for quality.
The auto maker has recalled more than eight million Toyota and Lexus vehicles worldwide in 2009 and this year, including 6.5 million in the US, mainly due to acceleration problems.
On Tuesday, Toyota paid a $16.4-million fine to settle allegations by US regulators that it was too slow to recall cars with defective accelerator pedals.
Toyota shares ended morning trade down 1 per cent at 3,495 yen, outperforming the Nikkei, which fell 1.6 per cent.