Potential Steering System Fault
Suspension & Steering, July 3, 2013
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Power steering assist could be lost without warning making the vehicle difficult to steer.
What Should You Do?
Toyota will notify owners of affected models beginning in July 2013. If you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call.
Many late model vehicles use electronic controls for the power steering assist. These Yaris vehicles are being recalled because an electrical relay in the power steering control module could short circuit due to moisture contamination, resulting loss of power steering assist. Without power steering assist, the vehicle will become hard to steer, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the power steering control module to correct this concern.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
July 3, 2013
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Potential Number of Units Affected:
Toyota is recalling certain model year 2012 Yaris vehicles manufactured August 21, 2011, through August 31, 2011. A relay in the Power Steering Control Module of the electronic power steering system could experience a short circuit due to insufficient distance between terminals in the relay and moisture contamination of relay coil windings. A short circuit in the relay could disable power steering assistance.
If the power steering assistance shuts off, the driver may have difficulty steering the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the power steering control module. The recall is expected to begin in late July 2013. Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration