TORRANCE, California — Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling approximately 110,000 2015 Toyota Camry and Camry Hybrid sedans; Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid SUVs; and 2014-'15 Toyota RAV4 SUVs because of a possible loss of power steering assist, according to the automaker.
"In the involved (vehicles), a circuit board for the electric power steering may have been damaged during its manufacturing process," said Toyota in a statement on Wednesday. "This can result in the loss of power steering assist. An instrument panel warning lamp will also come on.
"Manual steering is maintained, but the loss of power steering assist results in increased steering effort at low vehicle speeds and increases the risk of a crash."
Toyota said it is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the recall.
Toyota dealers will inspect the steering column assembly and replace the power steering electronic control unit, if it falls within the affected range. The recall is expected to begin in late April. Owners can contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
No information about the recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles will have to wait to receive their official recall notice before scheduling a service appointment. But for those with immediate concerns, it's best to contact the dealership now.