It might seem there are few Toyota cars on the road which have not been
recalled to garages, after the Japanese car-maker today admitted yet another
problem, this time with power steering.
The latest recall affects about 174,000 vehicles, including 5409 UK-registered Yaris cars and Verso-S mini-vans built between November 2010 and March 2012, over a glitch in the power steering system which could make the steering heavier.
Toyota said the problem related to a coil wire used in the electric power steering system which "may have been stored without the correct humidity control during the manufacturing process", which could lead to a short circuit, prompting the steering control module to suspend power assistance.
It comes just a month after Toyota recalled 242,000 of its hybrid cars, including almost 5000 Priuses in the UK, to correct a potential braking problem.
It is another humiliating knock to the Japanese manufacturer's reputation after it told owners of 2.7 million vehicles to return them to garages over faulty steering problems in November, and recalled more than 15 million vehicles in the previous three years.
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