- Toyota is recalling 74 2012 Toyota Yaris vehicles for possible loss of power steering assist.
- The problem could result in increased steering effort at low speeds.
- Toyota dealers will replace the power steering control module.
TORRANCE, California — Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling 74 2012 Toyota Yaris vehicles for possible loss of power steering assist, the automaker said.
"In the involved vehicles, a relay in the power steering control module of the electronic power steering system could experience a short circuit due to insufficient distances between terminals in the relay and moisture contamination of relay coil windings," said Toyota in a statement on Wednesday. "This could cause a loss of power steering assist, resulting in increased steering effort at low speeds."
Toyota said if this condition should occur, the electronic power steering warning light on the instrument panel will illuminate and a buzzer will sound to alert the driver that the system is not operating as designed.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S., has not posted any information about the Yaris recall on its Web site.
Toyota dealers will replace the power steering control module. Toyota said owners of the affected vehicles will receive a notification by first-class mail, but did not spell out a start date for the recall. Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.
Edmunds says: This is a small but critical recall for 2012 Toyota Yaris owners. If you own one of the affected cars, make sure you address the problem when you receive your official notification.