Toyota has had to recall yet more cars after steering problems were detected on certain Land Cruiser Amazon models.
The Japanese firm said 348 of its V8 petrol-engined Land Cruiser Amazons sold in the UK could be affected by the issue, which may stop steering mechanisms from working.
The problem stems from a bracket within the steering mechanism that could come loose when driving over potholes. If the vehicle is then subjected to ‘repeated application of full, opposite lock’, the steering may become inoperative.
Land Cruiser problem ‘rare’
Toyota says that in Europe, there have only been two reported incidents related to the problem, which affects Land Cruiser Amazons built between July 2002 and September 2006 – and no reported accidents.
But it is not the first time this year that Toyota, which prides itself on building reliable cars, has recalled vehicles in the UK. In January, eight separate models had to be recalled because of fears over sticking accelerator pedals. And in February, 8,500 Prius hybrids were called back for repairs after problems were detected with their ABS systems.
Toyota said owners affected by the latest recall will be contacted as soon as possible and asked to take their vehicles to a Toyota service centre, where the affected parts will be replaced. The free replacement service should take two hours, during which time owners will be able to use a courtesy car.
- To find out if your Land Cruiser is affected, enter your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on the Toyota website. Alternatively, call Toyota’s customer relations team on 01737 367600.
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