Toyota has announced it is recalling a total of 185,000 vehicles worldwide for a power steering issue. Yaris and (overseas) Vitz models built between November 2010 and March 2012 could suffer a short circuit in their power steering control module if water gets inside. Should that happen, the power steering could fail, increasing effort when turning. The recall also includes the Verso-S and Ractis built from August 2010 to August 2011. The recall covers 130,000 vehicles in Japan and around 22,450 in Europe.

Only 74 units are being recalled in the United States.

Toyota says if the fault occurs, the vehicle will display the Electronic Power Steering warning light on the dash and a buzzer will sound. The automaker will alert owners by mail and dealers will replace the power steering control module free of charge. You can read the quick press release on the recall below for more information.
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Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall of Certain Yaris Vehicles

TORRANCE, CA July 2, 2013 – Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 74 Model Year 2012 Toyota Yaris vehicles.

In the involved vehicles, a relay in the Power Steering Control Module of the electronic power steering system could experience a short circuit due to insufficient distances between terminals in the relay and moisture contamination of relay coil windings. This could cause a loss of power steering assist, resulting in increased steering effort at low speeds.

If this condition should occur, the Electronic Power Steering (EPS) warning light on the instrument panel will illuminate and a buzzer will sound to alert the driver that the system is not operating as designed.

Owners of vehicles subject to this recall will receive a notification by first class mail. The remedy will involve replacement of the Power Steering Control Module.

Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and at the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.


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      Larry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Freaking Toyota crap, bubbling to the surface every week, literally, with more and more recalls. Recall King crowned, and yet people keep buying these ugly turds. Why?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Larry
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          mikoprivat
          • 1 Year Ago
          to yonomo...his source is his ass...most of what this guy says comes out in the form of verbal diarrhea...
          • 1 Year Ago
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        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Larry
        Yeah and Chrysler just recalled half a million cars globally, give it a rest with the bashing already.
          mikoprivat
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cruising
          there are at least 3 toyota recalls for one Chrysler recall...not to mention the number of cars recalled. BTW how can you even compare the POS toyota with a decent Chrysler, are you that stupid??? Or you had too much independence day beer?!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cruising
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      aatbloke1967
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's such a big deal to lose power steering ... "Increasing the effort to turn a steering wheel". The world has become little more than a buch of effete idiots.
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        Back when cars didn't have power steering the steering gears had much higher ratios than now. Have you ever tried to turn the steering wheel in your car with the ignition turned off? It's very difficult, especially in a seated position.
          Cruising
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          Or applying brakes with no boost for that matter.
        Narom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        I've had power steering go on me while driving a van, its not like when having no steering. It makes sharp turns practically impossible
      mikoprivat
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I would own such a POS car as a toyota , I would not show my face on these forums, yet some morons like autoblah, WMB, etc, insult others in their desperate effort to defend such a defecation as a Toyota
        The Friendly Grizzly
        @mikoprivat
        I am about the last one in the world to consider a Toyota vehicle, but your remark is uncalled for and just plain stupid. Just how old are you, sonny?
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      It would be awesome if they would just keep them.
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      Titansfan1967
      • 1 Year Ago
      Again, what the hell!
        DarkKnight67
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Titansfan1967
        Don't worry - they'll have another recall next week for everyone, not just the 74 units in this country.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DarkKnight67
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          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DarkKnight67
          And you know that because? That's right, coming from yet another successful corporate CEO in Autoblog.
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Joe, Toyota Japan is very transparent . Foreigners not allowed.
      Awhattup
      • 1 Year Ago
      BD
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