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Another Safety Issue with Toyota?

March 12, 2012
Colson Hicks Eidson

A defective component in Toyota vehicles could cause steering problems, so the automaker issued a recall of over 400,000 of its cars in November. As reported at upi.com, a Toyota spokesperson said that the outer ring of the crankshaft pulley on the vehicle could misalign with the inner ring. If that does happen, the driver will hear a noise and see a warning light inside the car.

If the steering defect is not repaired, the belt on the power steering pump could detach and cause the steering problems. At issue are 283,200 Toyota cars and 137,000 Lexus vehicles with V6 engines, according to the report. Included in the recall are the 2004 Avalon, 2004 and 2005 Camry, Highlander HV and 2006 RX400h vehicles.

If you own one of the above vehicles and experience a problem, contact an authorized repair shop. Toyota will notify owners of the issue but not until January 2012.

Toyota has a notorious history of safety problems in its vehicles. Over the years, Toyota made headlines for the sudden acceleration problems in its cars. Initially, Toyota dealt with the acceleration issue on an internal basis, and it did not report the issue for another five years.

Has Toyota’s history of safety problems affected your decision to purchase a Toyota vehicle?

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