Toyota is voluntarily recalling 373,000 2000-2004 Toyota Avalons because of potential problems with the steering system.
The recall will address an issue with the steering lock bar, a device that typically locks the steering wheel when the vehicle is turned off. Because of an improper casting of the steering lock bar, the component could break under certain conditions. This would cause the steering wheel to lock completely while the car is in motion, increasing the chance of an accident.
Toyota will replace the steering column bracket on affected vehicles at no charge to the customer. This procedure the automaker says should take about two hours to complete. Toyota will notify owners starting in late August to bring their vehicles to their local Toyota dealers.
Although the Avalon shares its underpinnings with the Toyota Camry, no other Toyota or Lexus models are affected by this recall.
For more information, owners can call Toyota at 800-331-4331.