Toyota Recalls 550,000 Vehicles Over Steering Problem

Toyota-Recall-2011Toyota has recalled over half a million vehicles due to a problematic component that could cause drivers to make a little more effort to steer their cars.

The Toyota recall, which affects 550,000 vehicles worldwide, is the latest major quality control problem to hit the Japanese car maker over the past couple of years. This latest debacle stemmed from defective crankshaft pulleys that could make steering difficult. An estimated 420,000 of the affected vehicles were sold in the U.S. The recall involves Toyota’s Camry, Solora, Highlander, Sienna models. The company’s high-end Lexus brand was also affected. Among the luxury vehicle models included in the recall are the 2006 Lexus RX 400H SUV and the 2004-2005 ES330 and RX330.

The company said that the problem occurs when the outer and the inner rings of the pulley are not aligned. This condition could make steering the vehicle harder than normal. Aside from the U.S., the recall was also carried out in Canada and Japan, Toyota said according to Reuters.