Toyota Motor Corp. issued the recall of 550,000 automobiles around the globe after it detected a possible defect that could have a sudden effect on steering. Around 80 percent of the units are in the United States, the company's spokesperson Amiko Tomita disclosed today. She further stated that the company recalled the units to change the crankshaft pulley on the V6 engine.
She also stated that there were no accidents reported. Moreover, the company said in a statement that she revealed that if the condition is not corrected, the belt for the power steering pump could be detached from the pulley, suddenly increasing the driver's steering effort.
The affected automobiles are the 2004 and 2005 Camry, the 2004 Avalon and the 2006 Highlander HV. In the Lexus brand, models being recalled are the RX330, the 2006 RX400h, and the 2004 and 2005 ES330, the statement revealed. In 2009 and 2010, the company recalled millions of U.S. vehicles, generally due to flaws related to unintended acceleration.
The company paid a record $48.8 million in fines due to the way some of the recalls were done. Due to the recalls, the company halted sales of some models in 2010 briefly, contributing to the 0.4 percent decline in its U.S. sales last year.
This was the only decline among large carmakers. The company recalled 1.7 million Lexus and Toyota units in January for defects in fuel pipes and pumps, spare tire carriers and pressure sensors. In February, it recalled 2.17 million for carpet and floor-mat glitches that could jam gas pedals.