Toyota Recalls 412K Avalons, Lexus SUVs
Carmaker to fix steering system of vehicles
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2010 2:45 PM CDT
In this undated photo provided by Toyota Motor Corp., the 2003 Toyota Avalon XLS is shown.   (AP Photo/Toyota Motor Corp.)

(Newser) – Toyota will recall another 412,000 vehicles because of problems with the steering system. The steering lock on Avalon sedans built between 2000 and 2004 were made with a faulty casting that can crack if the car is steered hard to the right, locking the wheel in place, Toyota said. The company will pay for repairs of the 373,000 affected vehicles beginning in late August, the LA Times reports.

Separately, Toyota recalled 39,000 Lexus LX 470 SUVs made from 2003 to 2007. A strong impact to the front wheels (think potholes) can cause a "snap ring" to break, which could eventually cause the steering shaft to disengage. Three accidents are linked to the Avalon problem, none with the Lexus.