NATIONAL – According to The Washington Post (7/30, Cha) reports that Toyota announced yesterday the recall of “412,000 Avalons and Lexuses for steering problems, bringing the number of cars recalled around the world since October to nearly 9 million.
The 373,000 recalled Avalons, dating from between 2000 and 2004, have improperly cast steering lock bars that appear to have been a factor in three accidents reported to the company. This problem can cause what Toyota described as a ‘minute’ crack to develop on the surface. The crack, in turn, can break the bar and lock the steering wheel, increasing the risk of a crash.”
A smaller number of Lexus models “have a different steering shaft problem and no injuries have been reported related to this issue, Toyota said.”
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