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Toyota Recalling 400,000 Vehicles to Fix Steering Problems

Sadly, Toyota is still struggling with bad publicity. Now there’s a new recall:

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.”

Bloomberg News (7/30, Ohnsman, Kitamura) adds, “Toyota also said it will recall 80,000 Land Cruisers for another problem involving steering shafts. The world’s largest automaker is working to improve quality following global recalls of more than 8 million cars and light trucks for defects linked to unintended acceleration,” noting that the crisis resulted in a $16.4 million fine and pending auto safety legislation.

The Los Angeles Times (7/30, Hirsch, Times) adds that the “latest recalls bring the number of vehicles Toyota has recalled in the last year to about 9 million worldwide. That’s almost as many vehicles as were sold by all manufacturers in the US last year. … Toyota faces hundreds of lawsuits arising from its problems with sudden acceleration and sticking gas pedals and has been the target of intense scrutiny by federal safety regulators and Congress.”

From the American Association for Justice news release.

Bob Kraft

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