According to Toyota, the intermediate shaft that connects the steering wheel and steering gear box might not be welded correctly and can separate. If this happens, drivers lose steering control, which is obviously a major safety concern. However, the automaker is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities from the problem.
On the small number of affected models, Toyota will replace the intermediate shaft with a new one.
TORRANCE, Calif., February 5, 2015 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., today announced it will conduct a safety recall of approximately 120 Model Year 2014 FJ Cruiser vehicles.
The steering system contains an intermediate shaft, which connects the steering wheel to the steering gear box. In the involved vehicles the intermediate shaft could have received an inadequate weld. Under some circumstances, the weld could separate, resulting in the loss of steering control and increasing the risk of a crash.
Toyota is not aware of any crashes, injuries, or fatalities caused by this condition.
Owners of the involved vehicles will receive a notification by first class mail. Toyota dealers will replace the intermediate shaft.
Detailed information is available at www.toyota.com/recall and by calling Toyota Customer Service at 1-800-331-4331.