Toyota Recalls 185,000 Vehicles Globally Over Steering Issue image

Toyota said it will recall 185,000 vehicles globally due to a problem in the electric power steering system.

The recall includes the Yaris compact, which is known as the Vitz in Japan, manufactured between November 2010 and March 2012, but also the Vero-S (Lactis in Japan) made between August 2010 and August 2011. The recall is due to a problem in the electric power steering system, which might make the steering heavier.

Toyota, which the best-selling automaker in the world, is recalling 130,000 vehicles in Japan, 7,000 vehicles in France, 7,050 units in Germany and several other markets. Toyota spokeswoman Shiori Hashimoto said that no injuries or accidents have been reported due to this issue.

In June the automaker announced the recall of Prius vehicles due to a possible braking fault. According to the car manufacturer, a total of 242,000 units of the third generation Toyota Prius were affected by this recall globally, and their owners had to take a trip back to the dealers in order to get the potential braking fault fixed.

Toyota expects to see this year a boost in sales reaching 8.95 million units globally by the end of 2013 or an increase of 2.6% from 2012. The Japanese automaker managed last year to take the crown back from GM and become the best selling automaker in the world.

Source: Reuters