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Lexus IS350 Recall 13V030000

Windshield Wipers May Stop Working

Body, Interior & Misc., January 30, 2013

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Our Quick Take:

One or both of the windshield wipers may stop working if restricted by an external load, such as a build up of snow.

What Should You Do?

Toyota will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning late February 2013. There may be no symptoms related to this recall. If don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It's helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) when you call.

Summary:

The nuts that secure the windshield wiper arms may not have been tightened to the correct specification during vehicle assembly and as a result, if the wipers are restricted by an external load such as a build up of snow, one or both or the wipers may become inoperative. Inoperative wipers could reduce driver visibility and increase the risk of a vehicle crash. Lexus dealers will install new wiper arm nuts to correct this concern.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Manufacturer's Report Date: January 30, 2013

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V030000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: VISIBILITY/WIPER

Potential Number of Units Affected: 267,718

Summary: Toyota is recalling certain model year 2006-2012 Lexus IS250 and IS350 vehicles manufactured August 23, 2005, through October 5, 2011; 2010-2012 Lexus IS250C and IS350C vehicles manufactured April 10, 2009, through October 6, 2011; and 2008-2011 Lexus IS-F vehicles manufactured December 14, 2007, through July 10, 2011. The nuts that fasten the wiper arms may be insufficiently torqued such that if the wiper arms are restricted by an external load, such as a buildup of heavy snow, one or both of the wipers may become inoperative.

Consequence: Inoperative wipers could reduce driver visibility and increase the risk of a vehicle crash.

Remedy: Toyota will notify owners, and Lexus dealers will install new wiper arm nuts, free of charge. The recall will begin in late February 2013. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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