Toyota and Lexus cite faulty steering system in recall

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Toyota has announced a recall because of the power steering pump on certain Toyota and Lexus models. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Toyota has announced a massive worldwide recall of various Toyota and Lexus models from the 2004 to 2006 model years. The recall concerns the crankshaft pulley on the power steering pump in vehicles equipped with a V-6.

Defect found in power steering pump pulley

The Toyota Motor Corporation has announced a massive recall of more than half a million vehicles around the globe because of a defect in the power steering pump pulley, according to the Wall Street Journal.

On certain Toyota and Lexus models from the 2004 to 2006 model years, the outer ring of the power steering pump pulley can come misaligned from the inner ring. If this happens, noise can begin emanating from the power steering pump or a warning light may be illuminated on the dashboard.

In some cases, according to CNN, the belt can come loose from the power steering pump altogether, resulting in a loss of power steering.

More than 420,000 in the U.S.

The recall concerns Toyota and Lexus models from the 2004 to 2006 model years with a V-6 engine. According to USA Today, 283,200 Toyota and 137,000 Lexus models are subject to the recall in the U.S. and 447,000 in total for North America including the affected models in Canada. There are also 38,000 cars affected Japan, 10,000 in the Middle East, 14,000 in Europe, 14,000 in the rest of Asia, and 25,000 in Australia and New Zealand affected by the recall.

The affected models are the 2004 and 2005 Toyota Camry, Highlander, Solara and Sienna, the 2004 Avalon, the 2006 Highlander hybrid, the 2004 and 2005 Lexus ES330 sedan and RX330 crossover SUV and the 2006 Lexus RX400h.

Fix is free

Toyota reported 79 incidents of the defect occurring, dating back to 2007. No injuries or accidents are known to have occurred as a result of the defect. According to the Wall Street Journal, Toyota is currently manufacturing spare parts for any repairs that may need to be done on the affected cars. Owners will be notified as soon as sufficient parts have been made to make the necessary repairs.

According to USA Today, the spares should be available by January. Toyota will advise owners to take their cars to their local Toyota or Lexus dealership, where an inspection will be performed and any necessary replacements or repairs will be done at no cost. Owners of affected cars, according to CNN, are urged to contact their local Toyota or Lexus dealership service station if they hear any strange noises from the engine compartment. Toyota can be reached at 1-800-331-4331, and Lexus can be reached at 1-800-255-3987 for more information.

Sources

Wall Street Journal

USA Today

CNN

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