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plans to recall 4,500 Lexus vehicles in Japan and another 7,000 overseas could be affected, according to reports.

The problem is a computerized steering problem, the

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Toyota, the world's No. 1 automaker, has received 12 complaints about the problem within Japan. But a spokesman said the company knows of no accidents the problem has caused worldwide.

The latest issue affects Toyota's luxury Lexus "LS" line, and involves a computerized system that oversees how the steering wheel controls the tires, according to the



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Toyota has been dogged with criticism for its slow reaction to safety defects on its cars. The automaker on Tuesday paid a $16.4 million fine in the U.S. for sticking gas pedals on 2.3 million vehicles. It has recalled between 8 million and 9 million vehicles worldwide for safety defects.

-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York.

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