Toyota Motor says it is recalling about 480,000 vehicles from 2 models worldwide due to problems that can cause a loss of steering control.
The Japanese automaker announced on Thursday that the recall affects about 400,000 Avalon sedans sold from 2000 to 2004 in the United States, Japan and other countries. It will also recall 80,000 Lexus LX 470 SUVs sold between 2003 and 2007.
Toyota says there are flaws in the Avalon's steering lock. In the worst case, it could crack and lead to a loss of steering control.
The Avalons being recalled were made in the United States. They were exported to Japan and sold under the name, Pronard. Toyota is recalling over 6,700 of these vehicles in Japan.
For the Lexus LX 470, it is possible the steering shaft could jolt out of alignment when passing over a big bump. This could also lead to a loss of control.
Toyota is also recalling over 9,600 similar Land Cruisers in Japan.