Japanese car giant Toyota is recalling 185,000 cars worldwide, including 5,409 in the UK, after it found that the electric power steering system could fail on two of its models.
The fault affects the Toyota Yaris built between November 2010 and March 2012, and the Verso-S made from August 2010 to August 2011. It means a recall is necessary.
Yaris power steering failure
The power steering control unit is the part affected. Drivers may become aware of the steering becoming heavy, especially at low speeds, and a dashboard warning light and alarm will signal the presence of a fault.
Toyota says it is aware of four such steering failures in the UK, but it does not know of any accidents or injuries that have resulted from the failure.
The steering system will be fixed for free, says Toyota, in a job taking around two hours to complete at dealer service centres.
Yaris and Verso-S customers can check if their car is affected on Toyota’s own recall checking site or they can call Toyota Customer Relations on 0800 138 8744.