WASHINGTON -- Owners of 13,000 2004-model Lexus LS 430 sedans are entitled to new transmissions, says Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.
Toyota said a part in the planetary gear assembly can break during acceleration and disable the parking gear.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the defect creates a risk of rollaway crashes.
That was one of two newly announced recalls for the top-of-the-line Lexus sedan, NHTSA records show.
Lexus dealers also will replace fuel pumps in about 14,000 2004-model LS 430s. Alcohol in some fuels - such as an ethanol additive - can cause a pump impeller to deform and contact the pump body. This leads to pump failure, the company says.
Another luxury automaker is conducting a pair of recalls of 2004 models. BMW of North America Inc. is telling owners of some 5-series, 6-series and 7-series cars and X5 SUVs not to drive the vehicles until defective engine control units can be replaced.
The company says the V-8 or V-12 engines may stop running without warning. Motorists would lose the power assist for steering and braking.
NHTSA says the recall affects about 6,500 vehicles. BMW says it has delivered 2,000 of them to customers.
BMW also is recalling 7,500 5-series and 6-series cars with V-8s. The cars need a retention clip on a fuel line coupling to keep it from separating during a crash and spilling gasoline.
In another case, NHTSA says Kia Motors America Inc. is recalling about 263,000 cars and SUVs because seat belts are not latching properly.
When the buckle is engaged, it makes a clicking sound that leads users to believe the buckle is fastened, when in fact it is not.
Kia told NHTSA that dealers will replace both front-seat belt buckles in 1999- and 2000-model Sephias and Sportages and 2000-model Spectras.
Here are other recalls planned by automakers and reported by NHTSA:
2002-04 HONDA CR-V
Problem: Improper driver airbag wiring increases the risk of injury in some kinds of crashes.
Fix: Repair wiring.
Number of affected vehicles: 131,000.
2000-01 HONDA ACCORD
Problem: Dimmer control fails, causing loss of instrument panel illumination.
Fix: Replace mechanism that controls instrument panel brightness.
2000 HONDA S2000
Problem: Lenses for side markers and taillight reflectors were made with the wrong dye and will fade.
Fix: Replace taillight assemblies.
2003 FORD EXCURSION AND F-250 THROUGH F-550, ALL WITH 6-LITER DIESEL ENGINE
Problem: Loose engine ground attachment sends current to alternative path, creating a fire hazard.
Fix: Replace engine ground stud; inspect other components; replace those that show damage.
2003 FORD CROWN VICTORIA, LINCOLN TOWN CAR (POLICE AND FLEET VEHICLES ONLY)
Problem: Rear wheel bearings and axle shafts wear prematurely; shafts break; vehicle stops.
Fix: Replace bearings, shafts and seals.
2004 FORD TAURUS, THUNDERBIRD; MERCURY SABLE
Problem: Improperly welded power-adjustable seat may not support load during a crash.
Fix: Replace upper support on seat.
2004 FORD RANGER
Problem: Improperly formed center rail flange could cause frame rail to puncture fuel tank in crashes.
Fix: Replace vehicle if frame fails inspection.
2004 CADILLAC CTS, SRX, XLR; CHEVROLET CORVETTE
Problem: A washer of the wrong material allows a lower control arm ball joint stud to disengage from the knuckle, disrupting steering and possibly reducing brake performance.
Fix: Replace nut and washer if torque has been maintained; replace stud, knuckle, washer and nut if torque has not been maintained.
2004 CHEVROLET IMPALA, MONTE CARLO; PONTIAC GRAND PRIX
Problem: Loose front brake calipers interfere with normal steering and braking.
Fix: Tighten brake caliper bolts.
2002 GMC ENVOY, OLDSMOBILE BRAVADA, ALL WITH ELECTRONIC AIR SUSPENSION
Problem: Electrical spike from air suspension disrupts powertrain control module; vehicle stalls and may not restart.
Fix: Install wiring jumper harness.
2004 CHEVROLET MALIBU CLASSIC, PONTIAC GRAND AM
Problem: Improperly welded fuel tank leaks gasoline.
Fix: Replace tank.
2005 SUBARU LEGACY OUTBACK
Problem: Side airbag curtains do not deploy fully or quickly enough.
Fix: Replace modules.
2005 CHYRSLER 300, DODGE MAGNUM
Problem: Loose battery cable fastener at bulkhead stud may cause instrument panel fire.
Fix: Tighten fastener.
2005 CHRYSLER 300, DODGE MAGNUM
Problem: Front shoulder belt could detach in a crash.
Fix: Tighten bolts on front shoulder belt adjustable turning loop.
2004 JEEP LIBERTY WITH 3.7-LITER ENGINE
Problem: Wiring damaged by valve cover studs can start fire under hood.
Fix: Place protective caps on valve cover studs and reroute wiring.
2004 CHRYSLER SEBRING COUPE, DODGE STRATUS COUPE, MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE, ECLIPSE SPYDER
Problem: Gasoline leaks from improperly molded return line fitting.
Fix: Replace fuel pump.
2004 MITSUBISHI ENDEAVOR WITH ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
Problem: Rear driveshaft comes loose, may fall.
Fix: Replace driveshaft flange bolts.
2002-04 MITSUBISHI MONTERO
Problem: Gasoline can leak from fuel leveling valve.
Fix: Replace valve.
2004 NISSAN MAXIMA WITH GLASS-PANELED ROOF
Problem: Glass can shatter.
Fix: Replace glass panels.