Toyota is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2004-2006 model year Toyota and Lexus vehicles over a potentially faulty crankshaft pulley which could result in steering problems.
In a press release, Toyota said the safety recall involves approximately 283,000 Toyota and 137,000 Lexus vehicles in the United States. The model year breakdown by make and model is as follows:
- 2004 Avalon
- 2004-2005 Camry, Highlander, Sienna, Solara
- 2005 Highlander HV
- 2004-2005 ES330 and RX330
- 2006 RX400h
Toyota says that there is a possibility that the outer ring of the engine’s crankshaft pulley may become misaligned with the inner ring, causing a noise or warning light to illuminate. If the problem is not corrected, the belt for the power steering pulley could detach, resulting in a sudden increase in steering effort.
The automaker said there have been no reports of accidents or injuries related to this issue.
What Toyota will do
Toyota is currently working to obtain necessary replacement parts and plans to notify owners of affected vehicles by first class mail beginning in January 2012. At that time, owners will be asked to make an appointment with a Toyota or Lexus dealer to have their vehicle inspected for the condition. If necessary, parts will be replaced at no charge.
In the meantime, should owners hear an abnormal noise coming from the engine compartment, they are asked to make an appointment with their Toyota or Lexus dealer to have their vehicle inspected for the condition.
Owners of 2004-2006 Toyota or Lexus vehicles identified in the safety recall with any questions or concerns may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 and Lexus at 1-800-255-3987, or visit www.toyota.com/recall or www.lexus.com/recall.