TOKYO (AP) - The Lexus recall has officially begun.
Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 4,509 Lexus cars in Japan because of a computer problem affecting the model's steering system, with a similar recall to follow in the U.S.
The carmaker says another 7,000 cars are affected in the U.S., China, Europe and other regions. The recall affects Toyota's luxury Lexus "LS" line and involves a computerized system that oversees how the steering wheel controls the tires.
After being hit with a record $16.4 million fine in the U.S. for being slow to carry out an accelerator pedal recall and facing strong criticism both at home and abroad Toyota is trying to react more quickly.