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Toyota plans to recall 90,000 vehicles in Japan

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Toyota submitting documents to Japanese government to begin recall process
  • Recall includes luxury models Lexus and Crown
  • Valve springs made from low-quality metal could crack, automaker says
  • Problem affects 270,000 vehicles worldwide

(CNN) -- Toyota plans to recall 90,000 vehicles in Japan due to an engine part problem, a company spokesman told CNN Thursday.

The recall will include luxury models Lexus and Crown, spokesman Mieko Iwasaki said. Details will be announced after Toyota submits documents to the Japanese government Monday, he said.

Earlier Thursday the automaker said it was considering issuing a recall and investigating engine problems affecting 270,000 vehicles worldwide.

The vehicles have small valve springs made from low-quality metal that could crack, potentially causing engines to stall, Toyota said.

The automaker said it had not received any reports of injuries or fatalities related to the issue. In most cases, owners will experience only abnormal idling or engine noise, Toyota said in a written statement.

Toyota said about 137,000 vehicles in the United States could potentially be affected by the recall.

Only cars from model years earlier than 2010 could be involved, Toyota said.

CNN's Junko Ogura contributed to this report.