Toyota Recall 420000 – Toyota Motor Co will recall more than 420,000 vehicles in the United States to replace an engine component that could trigger steering problems, the automaker said on Wednesday.Models involved include Toyota branded Camry sedan, Solara coupe, Highlander SUV, and Sienna minivan for the 2004 and 2005 model years.
Toyota luxury brand Lexus models recalled were the 2004 Avalon sedan, the 2006 Highlander HV, the 2006 Lexus RX 400H SUV as well as the 2004 and 2005 ES330 sedan and RX330 crossover.
Toyota will replace the crankshaft pulley on the six-cylinder engines of the models. The recall affects 283,200 Toyota and 137,000 Lexus vehicles.
The company said the outer ring of the pulley may not be aligned with the inner ring. If this condition is not fixed, a component of the power steering pump may be detached from the pulley and force the driver to put in more effort to steer.
This is the latest in a damaging string of recalls for the Japanese automaker that began in the fall of 2009, mainly over complaints of unintended acceleration linked to defective floormats and gas pedals.