TORRANCE, California — Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. is recalling approximately 3,100 2015 Toyota Yaris hatchbacks because of a possible loss of vehicle stability, the automaker said on Wednesday.
"There is a possibility that a front upper-shock assembly bearing could be damaged," Toyota said in a statement. "If this occurs, the driver may experience an abnormal noise while driving on rough road surfaces or when turning the steering wheel.
"If the vehicle continues to be operated in this condition, a front shock-absorber piston rod could separate, causing a loss of vehicle stability and increasing the risk of a crash."
Toyota spokeswoman Cindy Knight told Edmunds that customers in the U.S. will be notified of the recall in early to mid-July.
When asked if there are any injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall, she replied: "Alleged crashes, injuries and fatalities are reported in many ways to many different organizations. We are not providing specifics at this time."
Toyota dealers will replace the strut-mounting bearings with improved ones. If a strut-mounting bearing is damaged, the dealer will replace the strut and front-suspension support sub-assembly with a new one.
Owners can contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
No information about the recall has been posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: This recall does not begin for several weeks. If you own one of these vehicles and have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your Toyota dealer now.