Again: Toyota recalls 480,000 cars on steering flaw image

Toyota Motor Corp. said it’s preparing a global recall of about 480, 000 Avalon sedans and Land Cruiser sport-utility vehicles, most sold in the U.S., to fix steering parts that may be defective.

About 400,000 U.S.-built Avalons sold worldwide have a steering-column bracket that can fail and cause the steering wheel to lock up, Toyota said today. The 2000 through 2004 Avalons affected include 373,000 in the U.S., as well as versions sold in Japan, Canada, China and Saudi Arabia.

Toyota also said it will recall 80,000 Land Cruisers for another problem involving steering shafts. That includes 39,000 of its 2003 through 2007 Lexus LX 470 SUVs in the U.S., sold elsewhere as the Land Cruiser 100, said Brian Lyons, a spokesman for the Toyota City, Japan-based company. Toyota said it’s not aware of deaths or injuries related to either flaw.