AUTOS: O.K., So We're Human

O.K., So We're Human

When Toyota introduced its Lexus LS 400 luxury automobile in September, it ran ads touting the $35,000 sedan as the ingenious brainchild of "1,400 perfectionists" and "close to faultless." Toyota was wise to hedge that claim. Because of safety defects, the company last week recalled all 8,000 of the Lexus LS 400s it has sold in the U.S. The Japanese carmaker made the decision after it received some customer complaints about loose wiring, a faulty cruise control and a malfunctioning brake light. The defects have caused no accidents or injuries, but the episode is an embarrassment for Toyota because of the...

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