One will-remain-anonymous spokesperson for an automaker said Consumer Report was great at reviewing toaster ovens earlier this year when asked what he thought of the publication. But you’ve got to hand it to them sometimes. Every once in a while, they really do come through with some breaking news and keep the auto industry on its toes with their evaluations.
The latest breaking news from them is literally forced by a breaking part. In the Lexus IS, ES, and GS sedans, the emergency trunk-release lever has a tendency to snap when pulled towards the driver’s side of the car. If you happen to be stuck in the trunk, perhaps in danger, that could be a bad thing. A really bad thing.
Consumer Report then notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and Toyota. After they found they were able to duplicate the malfunction, they figured on a recall: around 700,000 Lexus ES models from 2007 to 2013, IS models from 2006 to 2012, and GS models from 2013 will be recalled. Their flimsy ABS plastic trunk levers will be replaced with a sturdier polypropylene handle.
If you’re saying to yourself, “Well, I don’t think I’m ever going to get kidnapped and thrown in my trunk,” that’s probably the case. But there’s always the off chance, and it has happened frequently enough that the NHTSA mandated the little glow-in-the-dark handles in 2002.
Toyota is expected to launch its full recall campaign in January, letting owners know that a free fix is available at their local dealerships. Should you have a question in the meantime regarding this recall, contact Lexus’ customer hotline at (800) 255-3987 or the automaker can be reached at www.lexus.com/recall.
Source: Consumer Reports