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Toyota issues major recall due to steering issue

Toyota has recalled 550,000 vehicles due to an engine issue that could interfere with steering.  Affected models include the 2004 Avalon;  2004-2004 Camry, Highlander, Sienna, and Solara; 2006 Highlander HV; 2004-2005 Lexus ES 350 and RX 330; and 2006 RX 400h hybrid.

The issue affects the cars’ V6 engines.  A crankshaft pulley on the engine may cause power steering to become detached.  The company stated that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with the problem.

Toyota will begin notifying owners in January 2012; however, to be safe, drivers of these models should contact their local dealers as soon as possible.  The dealers will replace the pulley for free.

To read frequently asked questions about this recall, visit Toyota’s website.


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