The latest recall from Japanese auto giant Toyota concerns Avalon sedans produced from 2000 to 2004, as well as Lexus LX470 sport utility vehicles produced from 2003 to 2007. A recall notice from the National Highway Safety Institute’s Office of Defects Investigation also concerns Volvo S80 sedans produced from 2007 to 2010.
2000 – 2004 Toyota Avalon
The problem: Steering lock bars have the potential to crack in some circumstances.
The fix: Toyota will replace the steering column bracket in a voluntary recall. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified in late August.
Number of vehicles affected: 373,000 (est.)
2003 – 2007 Lexus LX470
The problem: The snap ring on the steering shaft can disengage on harsh surfaces, potentially causing the steering shaft to disengage.
The fix: Lexus will replace the snap ring with one of a different design. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified in late August.
Number of vehicles affected: 39,000 (est.)
2007 – 2010 Volvo S80
The problem: The tires and tire pressure monitoring system have incorrect figures for maximum inflatable pressure.
The fix: Volvo will update tires with a new, correct label, as well as update the monitoring system’s software.
Number of vehicles affected: 3635
Source: Toyota, NHTSA