Toyota announced another major recall. Just two years after recalling millions of vehicles due to acceleration problems, the Toyota recall 2011 is estimated to affect about half a million vehicles worldwide.
The most recent problem reportedly involves the car’s crankshaft pulley, reports The Associated Press. For those that do not know what a crankshaft pulley is, the problem apparently makes the cars difficult to steer.
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According to the AP, the outer ring of the engine's crankshaft pulley may become misaligned with the inner ring, causing noise or the car's warning signal to light up. If the problem isn't corrected, the power steering pump may break making it difficult to steer.
While this is a worldwide recall, most of the cars recalled are in the U.S., reports the AP. The automaker is recalling both Toyota and Lexus cars. Included are the:
- 2004 and 2005 Camry
- 2004 and 2005 Highlander
- 2004 and 2005 Sienna
- 2004 and 2005 Solara
- 2004 Avalon
- 2006 Highlander HV
- 2004 and 2005 Lexus ES330
- 2004 and 2005 Lexus RX330
- 2006 Lexus RX400h
So far Toyota has received about 79 reports about the defect, though no one has been reportedly injured by the problems.
However, those who are subject to the Toyota recall 2011 should know that they should not bear responsibility for any injuries or damage caused by the defective product. So, if you have suffered harm due to a defective car or other defective product, you may want to speak with a product liability attorney.
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