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Toyota offers fix on 34,000 motors

Tuesday April 20th 2010

Car giant Toyota has offered to update stability control software programming on a further 34,000 Lexus GX 460 vehicles worldwide, after it carried out the same fix on the models in North America.

The Japanese carmaker will carry out the work, which will reduce the risk of sliding in some Land Cruiser Prada vehicles, as well as the Lexus GX 460 sold in other regions.

Toyota agreed on Monday to a record £11 million fine in the US for responding slowly over earlier recalls.

Toyota is fighting to regain its once-sterling reputation amid a spate of recalls, which ballooned to more than eight million vehicles worldwide needing fixes for faulty pedals, defective floor mats and braking software problems.

Toyota is also trying to be quicker with its responses. The latest global fix comes less than a week after Consumer Reports, an influential US magazine, issued a warning about the Lexus GX 460 sport utility vehicle, saying it may be prone to rollovers.

The carmaker said it will carry out similar fixes in Europe and the Middle East to what is involved in the North American recall.

Also affected are some types of left-hand-drive Land Cruiser Prado models. Those models total 21,000 globally, including 4,400 in Oman, 4,000 in Russia and 1,500 in the United Arab Emirates, according to Toyota.

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