Lexus Announces Voluntary Safety Recall on 2004-2005 ES 330, 2004-2005 RX 330 & 2006 RX 400h

Lexus has announced a voluntary safety recall on the 2004-2005 ES 330, 2004-2005 RX 330, and the 2006 RX 400h to replace the crankshaft pulley — here are the technical details pulled directly from the press release:

There is a possibility that the outer ring of the crankshaft pulley may become misaligned with the inner ring, causing noise and/or illumination of the discharge warning light. If this condition is not corrected, the belt for the power steering pump may become detached from the pulley and the driver may notice a sudden increase in steering effort. There are no reports of accidents or injuries related to this condition.

137,000 Lexus vehicles in the USA are affected — owners will be notified by mail, and repairs are scheduled to start in January 2012.

Read the full Lexus press release

Update: Lexus has since released an informative Q&A regarding this recall.

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  • F
  • November 9, 2011
Hey at least they actually recall them.. Unlike the Germans who never mind old customers like this 8yrs Lexus they leave new customers ith defective cars, I hector problems etc
 Awesome blog. I enjoyed reading your articles. This is truly a great read for me
  • J
  • November 9, 2011
Guess its time for me to junk my 04 ES :p 
  • B
  • November 9, 2011
The 2006 RX 400h has electric power steering, and no accessory drive belts (that would run the hydraulic power steering pump, like on an ES 330 or RX 330), so I'm guessing it's included in the recall just in case?
    • K
    • November 14, 2011
    I imagine it's just to play it safe, as it uses the same engine.
  • K
  • November 14, 2011
Updated the post with a link to a customer FAQ released by Lexus regarding this recall.