Toyota Recalls 112,500 Camry, Highlander, RAV4 and RAV4 EV Vehicles

Mar 12, 2015 09:11 AM EDT | Matt Mercuro


Toyota Motors announced late on Wednesday that it was calling back 112,500 vehicles to repair issues with electric power-steering controls and electric-vehicle software.

The recall involves 110,000 2015 Camry, Camry Hybrid, Highlander, Highlander Hybrid and 2014-2015 Model Year RAV4 vehicles.

Toyota said in a recall notice that there is a chance that a circuit board located in the electric power-steering controls was damaged during the manufacturing process. Power-steering could fail in affected vehicles, causing drivers to increase their effort when steering and raising the risk of a crash.

If the issue occurs, a "Check EV System" message will appear and the malfunction indicator lamp will turn on.

Camry is the automaker's top-selling vehicle in the U.S. currently and was the No. 3 seller last month, according to Toyota sales numbers.

The recall also involves approximately 2,500 2012-2014 RAV4 EV models. These vehicles are being called back over components in the Electric Vehicle Traction Motor Assembly could "cause the vehicle to shift to 'neutral' due to a software issue," Toyota said in its recall notice.

Without power, vehicles can't be maneuvered out of harm's way quickly, thus increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect all vehicles and make the necessary repairs free of charge to the owner.

No crashes or injuries have been  reported to Toyota yet linked to either issue, according to the notice.

Toyota has not found a remedy for this issue yet, but once it has, notifications will be sent out to owners in the mail.

Owners who notice anything unusual with the operation of their vehicle should contact their local dealership as soon as possible with concerns even if they haven't received their recall notice yet.

For more information, owners can call Toyota Hawaii's Customer Care department at 808-839-2273 (CARE). 

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