Toyota is recalling up to 3,800 certain model year 2009 and 2010 Lexus LS460 and LS600 vehicles manufactured from August 20, 2009 to May 13, 2010 due to a problem with the electric power steering assist system.

A programming change of the steering control ECU for the Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS) System can cause improper activation of the steering system protection logic designed to protect the system when larger than normal steering inputs are applied at a fully-turned position.

The steering wheel can become off-centered, up to 90 degrees and may occur after the driver has fully turned the steering wheel in one direction, then quickly attempts to turn it back to the center position. The risk of a crash is increased if this occurs while driving.

Toyota states they will notify owners and Lexus dealers will replace the steering control ECU free of charge. There is not an expected start date for the recall.

Vehicles Affected:

2009-2010 Lexus LS460
2009-2010 Lexus LS460L
2010 Lexus LS600H
2010 Lexus LS600HL

Concerned Toyota owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153) or go to http://www.safercar.gov.