Toyota Australia recalls 21,000 cars after Aussie driver’s power steering fails

Toyota has called a worldwide safety recall on three of its car models after insufficient adhesive around the steering wheel caused a local driver’s power steering to fail.

Toyota is recalling previous generation Avalon, Camry V6 and Kluger vehicles produced from June 2004 to March 2005.

The Camry V6 was manufactured in Toyota’s Altona, Australia plant, and 21,792 vehicles all up are being recalled in Australia.

Toyota says an Australian customer’s power steering shut off due to the problem. The driver was not harmed, and no accidents or injuries have been reported anywhere in the world as a result of the same production issue.

According to the automaker, there was not enough adhesive applied between the inner and outer rings of the crankshaft pulley during manufacture.

This reportedly caused the outer ring to become misaligned, resulting in an abnormal noise and the charging system warning light illuminating.

The power steering belt dislodged and the driver experienced a sudden unexpected increase of steering effort.

“This safety recall is a preventative action. Customers can continue to drive their vehicles,” said Toyota Australia.

“Toyota Australia will commence contacting affected Toyota vehicle owners by mail at their last known address in December, advising them to make an appointment with their preferred Toyota Dealer. This recall activity will be conducted free of charge.”

Toyota is recalling 420,000 vehicles in the US, 3,000 in New Zealand, and 38,000 in Japan because of the defect.