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Toyota recalls 185 000 cars

03 July 2013, 19:16

Tokyo -  Toyota has recalled 185 000 vehicles globally, including its Yaris compact, due to a glitch in power steering system that could make “steering heavier”.

Models of its Yaris (November 2010 and March 2012) have been recalled. Toyota said it was also recalling Verso-S models produced from August 2010 - 2011.

Short-circuit risk

Toyota said: “Short circuits could be caused in the vehicles by water droplets forming on certain wires in the power steering control module. As a result, the power steering assist could be suspended, making the steering heavier.”

Toyota is recalling around 130 000 vehicles in Japan, more than 7400 in Italy, some 7050 vehicles in Germany and 7000 in France. Britain and the USA are affected.

Toyota spokesperson Shiori Hashimoto said no accidents or injuries have been reported.

Hashimoto said the automaker will replace the power steering control module, which “will take one to two hours”.

- Reuters

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