Toyota Yaris Recall: Steering Wheel Glitch Affects 185K Cars

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Wednesday, 03 Jul 2013 09:53 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Toyota will be recalling 185,000 of its cars worldwide, including its Yaris compact, due to a power steering glitch that makes turning the wheel feel heavier.

The recall affects Yaris models that were made between November 2010 and March 2012, as well as Verso-S models that were made between August 2010 and August 2011.

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The majority of the Yaris recalls – 130,000 -- are in Japan. The rest of the Toyota Yaris recalls for steering wheels are in the United States and Europe, Reuters reported.

Replacing the power steering control module takes about two hours to complete.

In a statement released Tuesday, the Japanese automaker said that the defect could cause a "loss of power steering assist, resulting in increased steering effort at low speeds."

Toyota spokeswoman Shiori Hashimoto said there have been no reported accidents or injuries associated with the steering glitch, Reuters reported.

Hashimoto would not say how much the recall will cost the Japanese automaker.

This is the second major Toyota recall in a month. In June, Toyota recalled 242,000 of its Prius and Lexus hybrid cars made between March and October 2009 because of a braking problem.

The decision to recall the vehicles stemmed from more than 90 complaints from owners who said they had to step more heavily on the brake pedal than they were used to, according to CNN Money.

In January, Toyota also announced a recall of 907,000 vehicles, mostly Corolla models, from around the world due to faulty air bags and another 385,000 Lexus IS luxury cars for defective wipers.

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Initially, the Japanese automaker said there were no accidents related to either problem.

In total, it received 46 reports of problems involving the air bags from North America, and one from Japan, and 25 reports of problems related to the windshield wipers.

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