Fix for Lexus Trunk-Release Flaw in Works


  • 2013 Lexus GS 350 Picture

    2013 Lexus GS 350 Picture

    Toyota said it will fix a faulty trunk release in three Lexus models, including the 2013 Lexus GS 350. | December 13, 2012

Just the Facts:
  • Toyota said it will fix a faulty trunk release in three Lexus models, including the 2013 Lexus GS 350.
  • The trunk release can break off, potentially trapping occupants inside the trunk.
  • The trunk release will also be fixed on the 2007-'13 Lexus ES and 2006-'12 Lexus IS.

TORRANCE, California — Toyota said it will fix a faulty trunk release in three Lexus models, including the 2013 Lexus GS 350.

The trunk release can break off, potentially trapping occupants inside the trunk.

The trunk release will also be fixed on the 2007-'13 Lexus ES and 2006-'12 Lexus IS.

"Consumer Reports brought to our attention an issue on the Internal Trunk Release Lever (handle)," said Toyota in a statement on Wednesday. "The handle can be used to open the trunk from the inside. During our investigation, it was discovered that the lever can break if it is not pulled in the direction specified on the handle.

"The part has now been changed in production vehicles, and Lexus is preparing parts to conduct a product update for existing customer vehicles. The product update is anticipated to start when preparations are completed. Additional information will be provided at that time."

Consumer Reports said it discovered the problem in October after the 4-year-old son of its auto-testing director found the problem with the trunk lever.

"This is not a safety recall campaign," wrote Katy Soto, a Toyota spokeswoman, in response to a query from Edmunds.

The Lexus customer service campaign is expected to affect about 700,000 vehicles.

Edmunds says: If you own one of the aforementioned Lexuses, Toyota will alert you by mail to have the releases replaced when parts become available.

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