Lexus has recalled its ES 350 in Australia this week, due to a potential problem with a trio of safety systems.
The vehicle’s brake actuator controls movements for the anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control systems, and each may be affected by the problem.
Lexus has identified a weakness with an O-ring inside the actuator, which may have been damaged during installation.
Should this be the case, Lexus says brake fluid pressure may not be properly controlled during ESC, ABS or traction control activation.
If measures to prevent a collision are reduced by this problem, it may cause a hazard for the vehicle’s occupants or other road-users. However, Lexus reports that no such incidents have been recorded in Australia.
A total of 60 examples of the ES 350 are affected by the recall, built between September 2015 and February of this year.
When presented for the recall, Lexus ES models will be checked firstly for the brake actuator serial number as only a certain range is affected. The inspection will take around 30 minutes.
Should the actuator require replacement, the associated work will take around 4.5 hours.
While 60 vehicles are on the recall list, Lexus expects that only a handful will require a new brake actuator.
The ES 350 was also recalled last year, along with the ES 300h, due to a potential problem with the pre-collision system.
Lexus will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer or phone Lexus on 1800 023 009.
Note: Lexus ES 300h pictured.