really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,298 miles

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2001 Lexus LS 430 seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2001 Lexus LS 430 Owner Comments

problem #2

Mar 082011

LS 430 8-cyl

  • 31,195 miles


I turned around in a parking lot by backing up and reversing my direction, after I reversed my direction the car shot forward without my foot on the gas pedal. I kept pumping the brake hoping it would stop and I shot out of the parking lot into the line of traffic and avoided two lanes of cars driving West until I collided with a car heading East. It ripped off the front bumpers of both cars. I felt trapped in the car and could not control it. It just kept accelerating. I wish that I had the presenceof mind to turn off the key or push the automatic lever to neutral or even reverse. But it all happened in a few seconds and I just didn't have the presence of mind to do anything but step on the brake pedal. Just once before, some months ago, I was parking the car in a public garage and it accelerated quickly asi reached an off ramp. Luckily I was able to turn the steering wheel and negotiate the car around the corner onto the ramp. It scared me, but I thought it was just a freak incident and thought no more about it because I was able to slow the car down once I went round the corner. But this latest time I couldn't stop it and the car is a total wreck.

- Beverly Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 212002

LS 430 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,400 miles
Consumer was involved in a collision and the air bags did not deploy. Scc

- Leominster, MA, USA

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