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Toyota Recalls 112,000 Vehicles For Steering Flaws

March 12, 2015
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RAV 4s, Camrys and Highlanders are among the more than 112,000 vehicles Toyota has recalled over flaws that can cause power steering to fail.

Two separate issues are at work in the recalls, which were announced Wednesday.

In about 2,500 RAV4 electric vehicles, from model years 2012 to 2014, Toyota says a software problem with electrical components that are part of the propulsion system may cause the vehicle to shift into “neutral” while being driven. That results, obviously, in a complete loss of drive power that can increase the risk of a crash, the company said.

About 110,000 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid and Rav 4s have circuit boards for their power steering that may have been damaged during manufacturing, according to Toyota.

This, the company says, can result in the loss of power steering while the vehicles are in motion. Manual steering is maintained, but the sudden loss of power steering still could result in crashes.

Owners of the vehicles that are involved in the recall will receive notification by first-class mail, Toyota said. Toyota dealers will inspect the elements involved and replace any faulty or damaged parts.

Detailed information is available at and by calling Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331.

Toyota says it’s not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths caused by the issues.

Doug Gross is a staff writer covering personal finance for NerdWallet. Follow him on Twitter @doug_gross and on Google+.

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