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Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday filed a recall of 138,874 luxury Lexus vehicles sold in the United States over an engine defect.

The move follows a recall in Japan of more than 90,000 Lexus vehicles and the Toyota Crown luxury sedan over the same problem, which was filed with the transport ministry Monday.

Subject to the recall in the U.S., filed with the Department of Transportation, are 2006-2008 Lexus models, including the top-of-the-line LS460 sedan, IS350, GS460, GS450h and the LS600hL models.

Toyota plans to recall 270,000 vehicles worldwide due to defective engine valve springs.

The automaker has said the defect produces an unusual sound, results in engine malfunction and in the worst case stalls the engine while the car is moving.

In late June, Toyota announced it will recall about 17,000 units of the 2010 model of its hybrid Lexus HS250h in the United States over concern that it may cause a fuel spill in a rear-end collision.

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