NEW YORK — Toyota Motor Corp. has stopped sales of the Lexus LS sedan for about three weeks while it works to get parts to dealers to fix a steering system problem.
Toyota on Friday recalled about 3,800 of the 2009 and 2010 LS 460 and LS 600h sedans in the United States because the steering wheel briefly shifts out of alignment with the wheels when it is turned to the extreme right or left and then re-centered. Toyota said it will remedy the problem by replacing a computer processor.
Brian Lyons, Toyota spokesman, said Lexus dealers will stop selling the LS until they receive the new computer chips for installation. The new parts are likely to begin arriving in mid- to late June, he said.
Toyota has recalled about 4,500 LS sedans in Japan and 2,750 elsewhere around the world because of the same problem. The LS is Lexus’s highest-end four-door sedan and is priced at $65,380 for the 460 and $108,800 for the 600h hybrid model.