With its recent spate of recalls and allegations the company delayed in reacting to sudden acceleration problems in many of its vehicles, Toyota is once again issuing a voluntary recall for over 400,000 Toyota Avalons and Lexus LX 470s.
The Avalon is the largest recall with over 373,000 vehicles from the 2000 to 2004 model year. After receiving reports of at least 3 accidents involving the Avalon, the company issued a recall last Thursday due to defective steering lock bars, which can break under certain circumstances.
Toyota issued the recall because these lock bars were improperly cast and could crack and cause the steering wheel to lock, potentially leading to an accident. The Japanese automaker will replace the steering column bracket on affected vehicles free of charge, a procedure that takes around 2 hours.
Steering problems are also to blame for the recall of around 39,000 2003-2007 model year Lexus LX 470 vehicles.
Lexus determined a snap ring on the steering shaft of these vehicles may disengage when the car hits a large pothole or some other severe impact. Over time, this can cause the steering shaft to disengage.
Lexus has not received any reports of accidents involving this defect…they will replace the snap ring with a newly designed one.
Toyota says it will begin notifying owners of these affected vehicles later this month. You will be able to take your Avalon or LX 470 to your local Toyota dealer for a free replacement.
If you’re adversely affected by this or any defective products, consider contacting Denver personal injury attorneys at the Babcock Law Firm today for a free consultation.