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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NHTSA 05-98
March 15, 1999 Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

NHTSA PUBLISHES LIST OF JANUARY, 1999 RECALLS

Toyota Motor Company
Models:

Lexus RX300 Year: 1999

Number Involved:  23,441
Dates of Manufacture:  January - July 1998
Defect:  The headlights and taillights may not automatically illuminate in low ambient light when the headlight switch is placed in the "AUTO" position. Vehicles following behind may not see the vehicle, since no headlights and taillights would be illuminated, increasing the risk of a crash. The daytime running lights, operating off the high beams at reduced intensity, are unaffected and remain illuminated.

Remedy:  Dealers will install a modified body Electronic Control Unit. Owner notification was to begin during mid-February 1999. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Lexus at 1-800-331-4331.

NHTSA Recall No. 99V011]

NHTSA said it is publicizing the recalls to alert consumers about safety problems and encourages them to take action. Under federal law, safety problems must be remedied without cost to consumers. Currently, 70 percent of the owners of vehicles with safety problems have the recall work performed.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.