2010 Lexus LS
The Problem: Twelve LS drivers in Japan have reported that the steering wheels on the flagship sedans do not return to the original positions quickly enough after making turns. Lexus responded by saying the problem is both mechanical and software-related to the variable gear-ratio steering system, which adjusts the steering input-reaction relationship depending on speed. The issue affects the LS 460, LS 460 L, LS 600h, and LS 600h L.
The Fix: The fix hasn’t been officially prescribed but Lexus will likely update vehicle software and repair the computerized steering system.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 3800 in the U.S., 11,500 in all worldwide
2010 Ford Ranger
The Problem: A number of these compact trucks could have the parking-brake cable come disconnected from the right rear brake actuator in cold weather. The result would be parking brake that doesn’t fully apply. Only Rangers manufactured with manual transmissions from June 8, 2009, to February 2 are affected.
The Fix: Ford will install a new actuator to prevent cable disconnection. Owners may contact Ford at 866-436-7332. The NHTSA campaign ID number is 10V202000.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 2934
The Problem: Like the Lexus recall, this one isn’t official yet. Nissan is currently working out the details with the NHTSA to recall the assorted trucks and sport-utility vehicles for an improperly welded lower control-arm link. This could cause the bushing collar to crack and lead to a rough and noisy ride. No accidents have been reported as related to this problem.
The Fix: Nissan has not revealed the fix for this recall yet. The official recall is expected to begin later this week.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 48,700
The NHTSA can be reached at 888-327-4236 or on the Web at Safercar.gov.