DETROIT – The recall database of the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. swelled by nearly 300,000 vehicles as 2001 drew to a close. Two actions involve perennial quality leader Lexus. Toyota Motor Corp.’s luxury vehicle division has begun notifying ES 300 owners of defects it discovered on about 10,000 ’02 models. Lexus tells NHTSA it has issued separate recalls to address problems with a brake line and an air bag module. The latter, which Lexus says involves 8,300 vehicles, ...

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