Toyota has announced yet another recall, this time with their 2000 to 2004 Avalon models. There is said to be 373,000 models affected by this recall, which are all second-generation models. 2010 is not a great year for Toyota, which is the main factor why Korean carmakers have now started to eat into their market share.
Chris Paukert from Autoblog received a press release, which explained the reason behind the recall. It seems that these sedans have an issue with their steering lock bars, in some cases they have been known to crack, which could lead to them breaking.
If this were to happen, then the steering will become hard to unlock and could lead to the vehicle becoming disabled. This issue could become much worse if the driver takes a hard right turn, the steering lock could engage and then become impossible to steer — which could then lead to a serious accident.
Toyota reports that they are not aware of any crashes in these Avalon models to do with the steering lock, but has issued a recall where they will replace the steering column bracket in the 2000 to 2004 models.