After Mazda has recently announced a recall of some of its models, the Japanese based automaker Toyota and its luxury division Lexus have also announced a recall, involving some of its models like the Avalon, Camry, Highlander, Sienna, Highlander Hybrid, ES330, RX330 and RX400H.
According to Toyota, 420.326 units of the 2004 and 2005 Camry, Camry Solara, Highlander, Sienna, 2006 Highlander Hybrid, 2004 and 2005 Lexus ES330 and RX330 and the 2006 Lexus RX400H, made from June 1, 2004 to March 31, 2005, equipped with the 1MZ-FE or 3MZ-FE engine will be affected by the recall.
Toyota says that in some case the belt for the power steering pump may become detached from the pulley which might lead to losing the power steering and a sudden increase in steering effort, increasing the risk of an accident.
Owners of the above mentioned vehicles will have to make a trip back to the dealerships where the Japanese automaker will check the crankshaft pulley to identify whether it was produced by the U.S. supplier and if so, the dealers will replace it with a new one at no charge.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration hasn’t announced whether it has received any reports of accidents or injuries because of this problem. The recall will begin early January 2012 and owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or the NHTSA at 1-800-424-9153.