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Toyota Motor Corp.  Announces Recall of 2700 Lexus GS300's

Toyota Motor Corp.
Lexus Division
Nancy Hubbell
Customer Service Number:

1-800-GO-TOYOTA

May 18, 1999 -- Toyota Motor Corp. announced today that it is voluntarily recalling Lexus GS300 automobiles produced from Late 1995 to 1997 to correct problems with the ball joint. The voluntary recalls affect approximately 2,700 of these vehicles sold in The United States.  Only 15 automobiles from late 1995 are included in the recall, the other cars involved are 1996 and 1997 models.

According to Nancy Hubbell at Lexus, the reason for the recall is that, on certain vehicles, the ball joint fitting is too tight and does not allow for proper lubrication of the ball joint. This possible lack of proper lubrication can cause excessive wear to the ball joint.

No injuries or accidents have been reported relating to this recall.  Lexus plans to begin owner notification, by letter, in June of this year.  No press release was issued.

Owners will be able to have their vehicles repaired, at no cost.