Toyota Recall Issued Over Transmission, Power Steering Problems

Toyota has announced two separate recalls impacting nearly 113,000 vehicles, due to engine and power steering software issues that could cause a total loss of drive power or loss of power steering, posing a serious accident risk. 

Toyota Camry, Highlander, and Rav 4 recalls were announced on March 11. One of the recalls was linked to faulty engine software components that may allow the vehicle to unexpectedly shift into neutral. The other recall dealt with potentially damaged circuit boards that could cause a loss of power steering.

Both defects create a substantial crash risk, according to the Japanese automaker. However, to date, Toyota reports that it is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to these safety defects.

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The recall includes approximately 110,000 model year 2015 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid, and 2014 through 2015 Rav4 vehicles that may have had damaged circuit boards installed in the Electric Power Steering system during the manufacturing process.

Drivers experiencing this problem may see a warning light indicating the power steering assist has reverted to manual steering. When this happens, the driver will be required to apply greater force to turn the wheel, especially at low speeds, increasing the risk of a crash.

Toyota announced that owners will receive notice via first class mail with instructions on how to schedule a free repair appointment at a local dealer who will inspect the steering column assembly and replace the power steering control unit if it falls within the affected range.

Toyota also recalled 2,500 model year 2012 through 2014 Rav4 EV vehicles for faulty software components in the Electric Vehicle Traction Motor Assembly that may cause the vehicle to shift to “neutral” unexpectedly. If the software fails, it will directly impact the propulsion system which will shift the vehicle to neutral and result in a complete loss of drive power, increasing the risk of a crash. Drivers will also experience a warning light labeled “Check EV System.”

Toyota plans to notify the all owners by first class mail to schedule an appointment with a licensed dealer who will repair the electric vehicle traction motor assembly.


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