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Recall 15V144000

Power Steering Assist Loss

Recall Details

The electric power steering system may fail, due to a manufacturing flaw its control unit. The dealership will replace the electric power steering electronic control unit free of charge to correct the problem.

Our Quick Take

The electric power steering can fail, which would result in extra steering effort.

What Should You Do?

Toyota began notifying owners of affected vehicles in April 2015. If you notice abnormal steering effort, or wish to see if your vehicle is included in the program, please contact your dealership. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them.

Suspension & Steering, March 13, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
March 13, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
110,085
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
15V144000
Component
STEERING
Summary
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain model year 2015 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, and Highlander Hybrid, and 2014-2015 Rav4 vehicles. A component of the electric power steering (EPS) electronic control unit (ECU) may have been damaged during the manufacturing process. Over time, this damage may result in failure of the electric power steering system.
Consequence
An unexpected loss of power steering increases the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the serial number of the EPS ECU or steering column assembly. If the number is within the affected range, the EPS ECU will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2015. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
Notify
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.
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