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Toyota recalls 2,000 cars in UAE on possible steering flaw

Recall is the latest in a series for the Asian carmaker, affects 500,000 cars worldwide

Toyota recalls 2,000 cars in UAE on possible steering flaw
Toyota has recalled millions of vehicles worldwide since late 2009

Nearly 2,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the UAE will be recalled after Toyota, Asia’s biggest carmaker, detected a flaw that could affect steering.

Dubai’s Al-Futtaim Motors said Wednesday the 2004 Avalon and Camry, and the 2004 Lexus RX330 and ES300 would require inspected to check and possibly replace the crankshaft pulley on the V6 engine. 

“[We are starting] the process of contacting all customers who may have potentially affected units in the coming few days so that their vehicles can be inspected,” said Simon Frith, managing director of Al-Futtaim Motors.

Toyota has recalled about 550,000 vehicles worldwide after discovering the flaw, about 80 percent of which are in the US, the carmaker said in a statement.

“If this condition is not corrected, the belt for the power steering pump may become detached from the pulley and the driver may notice a sudden increase in steering effort.”

No accidents have been reported as a result of the defect, the company said.

The recall is the latest in a reputation-damaging series that began in the autumn of 2009. Toyota has since recalled millions of vehicles worldwide, mostly for defects related to unintended acceleration.

The carmaker recalled 1.7 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles in January for defects in fuel pipes and pumps, pressure sensors and spare tire carriers. It called back 2.17 million in February for carpet and floor-mat flaws that could jam gas pedals.

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JR 8 years ago

Do you know how many recalls are on American cars all the time? Or any car for that matter.

Dodge had a problem with the steering on one of their models, but instead of an “increased effort” of steering, the steering column would come apart and you could lose all steering. In addition, they didn’t replace anything, they just tied it together with some Styrofoam and a plastic zip strip.

On another model, the hood latch was defective and the hood could have flown up at any moment and blocked all vision–in fact this happened to my father.

I cheer for Toyota for making such an effort to fix the FEW inevitable problems that arise. Look at Consumer Reports for nearly ANY model Toyota. Over the long term they have only MINOR problems. Then look at the long term outlook for an American or even German car, you will often see MAJOR repairs will be needed on average.

procan 8 years ago

Hey nobodies picking on Toyota they have a great product,all the manufacturers have issues at one time or another. My question is where was it built Japan, USA, or Canada