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Toyota To Recall 800,000 Vehicles

May 18, 1999

TOKYO (AP) _ Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling nearly 800,000 cars, including 2,700 in its expensive Lexus line in the United States.

Toyota, Japan’s biggest carmaker, will recall 797,707 vehicles made between July 1995 and August 1998, spokeswoman Michiko Ueda said.

It is Japan’s second-largest auto recall after one by Nissan Motor Corp. in May 1996 that affected more than 4 million vehicles, Kyodo News agency said.

The Toyota recall affects 10 models, most available only in Japan. But one model is also sold in the United States and Britain as the Lexus GS300.

In addition to those in the U.S., the recalled Lexus cars include 2,200 in Britain, Ueda said.

The cars have a faulty connection in the suspension that can make them undriveable.

Fixing all the cars will take about three months and cost about $11 million, Ueda said.

The Lexus GS300 is sold in Japan as the Crown, where it is widely used by taxi drivers and police departments.

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