PUBLISHES LIST OF JANUARY, 1999 RECALLS
Toyota Motor Company
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.