2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport recalled for steering problem
Lexus has announced a voluntary recall of certain 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport RWD vehicles. Lexus’ press release indicates that some GS 350 F Sport models may contain a steering defect in which the wheel may become off-centered. This defect will only demonstrate itself upon restarting the vehicle immediately after it is parked. The safety recall, which involves approximately 650 cars, is being administered in order to update the Variable Gear Ratio (VGRS) and electronic control unit (ECU) calibration of affected vehicles. The luxury automaker uncovered the defect, prompting them to file a Defect Information Report (DIR) with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Owners of affected vehicles will receive a safety recall notice beginning in June 2012. Faulty steering systems will receive an upgrade, free of charge. The repair takes roughly 30 minutes, according to Lexus. Customers that wish to find out more information before June may contact Lexus Customer Service at 1-800-255-3987. Lexus owners can also contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or online at www.safercar.gov.
The 2013 Lexus GS 350 F Sport boasts a 3.5-liter 6-cylinder engine with direct and port fuel injection. Its V6 engine pounds out an estimated 306-horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. The all-new GS 350 F Sports has a top speed of 144-mph and goes from 0-60 in 5.7 seconds. Available in both RWD and AWD, it features a six-speed sequential-shift automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission.
Technology wise, the GS 350 F Sport includes a plethora of innovate features. In particular, the GS contains the industry’s first available 12.3-inch high-resolution split-screen multimedia display, which allows access to the vehicle’s navigation, audio and climate controls. The GS also comes available with Eform, a system that provides 24-hour navigation assistance.
Perhaps most inventive is the vehicle’s Heads-up Display, which enables drivers to project important information onto the windshield. GS owners will be able to see audio information, speed and navigation directions all within your natural line of vision. Furthermore, visibility can be adjusted to different heights.
As for safety, Lexus utilized digital crash test dummies comprised of millions of data points to design the GS. It is outfitted with a class-leading 10-airbag system, including a new side airbag system. Additionally, the all-new Whiplash Injury Lessening system decreases the force of impact in rear collisions.
The 2013 GS gets an EPA estimates 28-mpg overall and has a starting MSRP of $47,775.