Toyota, General Motors Announce Recalls for Possible Power Steering Loss

Toyota, General Motors Announce Recalls for Possible Power Steering Loss
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March 30, 2015

Both Toyota and General Motors are issuing recalls due to defects that could cause an unexpected loss of power steering.

The recalls will affect about 112,400 late-model cars and SUVs.

In certain model year 2015 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, and Highlander Hybrid, and 2014-2015 Rav4 vehicles, a component of the electric power steering (EPS) electronic control unit (ECU) may have been damaged during the manufacturing process.

Over time, this damage may result in failure of the electric power steering system.

Toyota will notify owners affected by the recall, and dealers will inspect the serial number of the EPS ECU or steering column assembly. If the number is within the affected range, the EPS ECU will be replaced, free of charge.

For more information, owners can contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.

In certain model year 2015 Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax vehicles, the steering column assembly housing may contact the power steering printed circuit board causing the circuit board to wear.

The circuit board wear may cause a sudden loss of electric power steering assist, increasing the risk of a crash.

GM will notify owners affected by the recall, but has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Dealers will inspect and replace the steering column assembly, as necessary, free of charge.

For more information, owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020.