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Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 11/09/2011

Toyota Recalls 420,000 Cars, SUVs and Minivans


Toyota has issued a voluntary recall to a correct a potential defect with the power steering pump. The recall affects about 283,000 Toyota and 137,000 Lexus vehicles in the U.S, the company says.

In the recall are V-6 models of the following vehicles:

2004 Toyota Avalon 2004-05 Toyota Camry 2004-05 Toyota Highlander 2004-05 Toyota Sienna 2004-05 Toyota Camry Solara 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 2004-05 Lexus ES 330  2004-05 Lexus RX 330 2006 Lexus RX 400h

No four-cylinder models are involved in the recall, Toyota says.

In the affected vehicles, the crankshaft pulley may become misaligned from the inner ring. This can cause noise and, possibly, a warning light to appear on the instrument cluster. If the problem isn’t corrected, the pulley may detach, leading to increased steering effort, Toyota says. No accidents have been reported as a result of the defect.

Toyota will replace the crankshaft pulley at its dealerships. The company is working to build enough replacement parts to cover all the affected vehicles, and it will notify owners in January.

If an owner of a recalled vehicle hears an abnormal noise now, you should make an appointment right away to have the vehicle inspected, Toyota says. Customers with questions can call Toyota at 800-331-4331 or Lexus at 800-255-3987. 

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