Toyota has announced that it is recalling more than 420,000 vehicles in the United States for a potentially faulty crank shaft pulley. A total of 283,200 Toyota vehicles as well as 137,000 Lexus vehicles may experience a pulley failure in which the inner and outer rings become misaligned. If that happens, owners may experience noise, vibration and a check engine light. If the problem is left untreated, the power steering belt may slip off of the crank shaft pulley, resulting in more steering effort. Toyota says that this could cause an accident, though no problems have been reported so far.

The recall covers the 2004 Toyota Avalon, 2004 and 2005 Toyota Camry, Highlander, Sienna and Solara as well as the 2006 Highlander HV, 2004 and 2005 Lexus ES 350 and RX 330. The 2006 Lexus RX 400h is also included in the recall, which covers a total of 550,000 vehicles worldwide. Toyota says that the company is currently in the process of acquiring the parts necessary to replace the faulty crank shaft pulley and that the company will inspect and replace the faulty piece free of charge. Hit the jump for the full press release.
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TORRANCE, Calif., November 9, 2011 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. (TMS), today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 283,200 Toyota and 137,000 Lexus vehicles to replace the crankshaft pulley on the V6 engine.

There is a possibility that the outer ring of the crankshaft pulley may become misaligned with the inner ring, causing noise and/or illumination of the discharge warning light. If this condition is not corrected, the belt for the power steering pump may become detached from the pulley and the driver may notice a sudden increase in steering effort. There are no reports of accidents or injuries related to this condition.

The vehicles involved are certain:

* 2004 Avalon
* 2004 and 2005 Camry, Highlander, Sienna, and Solara
* 2006 Highlander HV
* 2004 and 2005 ES330 and RX330
* And 2006 RX400h

No other Toyota or Lexus vehicles or these Toyota models with 4 cylinder engines are involved.

Toyota is currently working on obtaining the necessary replacement parts. Once the replacement parts have been produced in sufficient quantities, Toyota will send an owner notification by first class mail advising owners to make an appointment with an authorized Toyota or Lexus dealer to have the crankshaft pulley inspected and if necessary, replaced at no charge. The owner notifications will be mailed by first class mail beginning in January, 2012.

In the meantime, if an abnormal noise is heard coming from the engine compartment, the owner is asked to make an appointment with any Toyota or Lexus dealer to have the vehicle inspected for this condition.

Detailed information and answers to questions are available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and the Toyota Customer Experience Center (1 800-331-4331) or www.lexus.com/recall and Lexus Customer Satisfaction (1 800-255-3987).


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      Zumreed
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ahh.... no.... NOT AGAIN... !!!
      ron
      • 3 Years Ago
      "the bloom is off the rose"
      exp57
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh what a feeling, Toyota!
      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      WHAT??? ANOTHER TOYOTA RECALL??? Before buying a car or a truck from a foreign company, think about this: Those foreign car companies that are building plants here in the USA pay American workers half of what workers from American car companies make. That's half the money to spend and half the tax revenue collected from wages! Also all the profits from these plants go right back to a foreign country except what goes into our politicians pockets. NOW TELL ME THIS IS GOOD FOR THE ECONOMY!!!!! No other country would allow foreign companies to take over their auto industry. That is exactly what is happening to the USA!!
      powellpewter
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh no! Smug alert!!!
      sggoods
      • 3 Years Ago
      All those years at work, we have had to get the Toyota Production Machine (TPM) crammed down our throats, do more with less, take on 5 jobs instead of one, come to the lunch pep rally about how one of the departments reduced costs and made less defects, blah, blah...only to find out it was all a lie and Toyota crashes and burns worse than the competition that is dubbed for years as lazy, non-productive and defective. It's like finding out your banker that has your life savings is Bernie Madoff!
      ShadowVlican
      • 3 Years Ago
      no need for a recall toyota, your steering is too light to begin with
      tepextex99
      • 3 Years Ago
      The main problem with Toyotas and other cars is a loose nut that holds the steering wheel.
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        billfrombuckhead
        • 3 Years Ago
        WHY DID TuRDyota REFLASH ALL THEIR COMPUTERS WHILE THE CARS WERE IN THERE FOR IMPROVED GAS PEDALS?
      gregnhelene
      • 3 Years Ago
      All or you Un-American toyota owners when you "experience a steering failure" Please !!! aim your junk car at a honda or toyota so you will not hurt any REAL AMERICANS.
        mt1975
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gregnhelene
        Real Americans, do not buy junk that is engineered to fail, Fords, GMs, and Chryslers are engineered to fail so the mechanic has plenty to work on later.
      billfrombuckhead
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wonder how the TuRDyotaBOTS will blame this on Obama and the UAW. I'm sure their handlers are hard a work on some meme.
        jeep02tj
        • 3 Years Ago
        @billfrombuckhead
        My opinion... this is a bad design. No way they can blame the robots or unions.
          Sickness
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jeep02tj
          Yeah... All Toyota did was pay off the NHTSA to say most cases were driver error!
          harbour
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jeep02tj
          Remember they blamed all the runaways on old people. They will try that, or a new tack again. It's good to see the paid Toyotaphiles back in action. "Wasn't our fault, the driver did it!" Apparently it a far eastern way of defense. H an K do it all the time too.
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        @billfrombuckhead
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      lawsont808
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's see, engine gunk, sticking gas pedals, frames rusting through, faulty pulleys, etc, etc, yet people keep buying them and sending their $ overseas (no matter where they are built). Millions of jobs lost to this crap, Korea sends in 750,000 duty free cars to us but will only take 10,000 US built cars a year, fair trade? Hardly. the Big 3 are on a come back which will only help the US.
        mhdjl
        • 3 Years Ago
        @lawsont808
        No matter how bad, or how often, their cars are recalled, the Toyota drivers claim they will buy another one. Yet when these same idiots had recalls on their American badged cars, they dropped them like hotcakes and ran to the "better made" Japanese cars. We love our 5 American branded cars.
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