As the sudden acceleration recall litigation continues in California and across the country, Toyota has recalled another 550,000 cars for problems that will make the car harder to steer. Over the past two years, Toyota has now recalled more than 14 million cars for defects that have included deadly wrecks from sudden acceleration.
This recall involves the outer ring of the engine's crankshaft pulley, which can become misaligned with the inner ring and cause noise or a warning light to turn on. If the defect is not fixed, the belt for the power steering pump can detach away from the pulley, which renders the steering wheel difficult to turn.
While Toyota says no one has been injured by this defect, a car with a steering wheel that locks up can be very difficult to drive and can easily lead to a wreck.
The models effected are: 2004 and 2005 Camry, Highlander, Sienna and Solara, the 2004 Avalon and the 2006 Highlander HV. Because Toyota owns Lexus, it is also recalling the 2004 and 2005 ES330 and RX330 and 2006 RX400h.