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A portion of the shaft connecting the steering wheel to the steering rack may wear, causing looseness or possibly a complete loss of steering.
Toyota will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning in December of 2012. If you are experiencing looseness in the steering, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your Toyota dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
The affected vehicles have a steering intermediate extension shaft manufactured with metal splines that may have an insufficient hardness. Over time, the splines may wear and eventually fail resulting in a loss of steering ability, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Toyota dealers will inspect the extension shaft and replace if necessary.