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Toyota Recalling Vehicles over Possible Steering Problem

TED ALJIBE/AFP/Getty Images(TORRANCE, Calif.) -- Toyota announced Wednesday it is recalling more than 400,000 vehicles, citing a problem with the crankshaft pulley that could lead to difficulty in steering.

The voluntary recall affects 283,200 Toyota and 137,000 Lexus vehicles with V6 engines, including the 2004 Avalon, 2004 and 2005 Camry, 2006 Highlander HV, 2006 RX400h, and 2004 and 2005 ES330, among others.

The automaker says "the outer ring of the crankshaft pulley may become misaligned with the inner ring," and if this isn't corrected, "the belt for the power steering pump may become detached from the pulley and the driver may notice a sudden increase in steering effort."  

No injuries have been reported from the defect, according to Toyota.

The company will begin notifying car owners of the recall in January.  The automaker is currently working on acquiring the necessary replacement parts.

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