Toyota all set to recall 412,000 Avalon cars because of a steering issue

July 29th, 2010 - 10:31 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Tokyo, July 29 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Toyota has announced that it is recalling 412,000 passenger cars from the United States because of steering problems. The company said the vehicle’s steering lock bar cast was not properly done, causing the component to develop cracks on its surface.

The company said that it is also recalling 16,420 more vehicles from Japan for the same problem. The recall affects mostly its Avalon model. The company announced that the recall would affect the 2000 to 2004 models.

The company said the problem could lead to the break of the steering lock bar, thus posing a grave danger for an accident. However the company announced that there has not been any injuries or deaths associated with the defect.

It ought to be mentioned that Toyota has done a series of recalls concerning safety issue of its vehicles. The company last year and early this year recalled more than 8 million cars for gas pedal stuck threat. The recall has gravely affected the company’s reputation for quality and safety as well.

The company also made another recall of 270,000 vehicles earlier this month over concerns of its engine safety. The most affected brands were its Lexus brands. “Toyota is continuing to work diligently to address safety issues wherever they arise and to strengthen our global quality assurance operations so that Toyota owners can be confident in the safety of their vehicles,” according to Steve St. Angelo, who is Toyota chief quality officer for North America.

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