December 2021: The most recent Toyota steering recall (#21TH01) affects certain Toyota Tundra trucks with JTEKT power steering gear assembly service parts for 2007-2021 Tundra and 2008-2022 Sequoia, part numbers 44250-0C160, 44250-0C131, 44250-0C170, and 11250-0C121.
The recall is for a power steering gear assembly that may have been manufactured incorrectly, which can result in a fluid leak. The loss of fluid may result in a loss of pwoer steering assist, making the vehicle harder to steer.
Toyota dealers will inspect and replace the power steering gear assembly, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed on February 17, 2022. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331.
On November 9th, 2011, Toyota recalled 283,200 Toyota cars, including the 2004 and 2005 Camry, Highlander, Sienna and Solara, the 2004 Avalon and the 2006 Highlander HV. It is also recalling 137,000 Lexus vehicles including the 2004 and 2005 ES330 and RX330 and 2006 RX400h.
The recall was to prevent a possible loss of power steering assist, which can make the vehicle difficult to steer.
The problem, according to Toyota, is that the outer ring of the engine's crankshaft pulley may become misaligned with the inner ring, causing noise or a warning signal to light up. If the problem is not corrected, the belt for the power steering pump may flip off of the pulley, causing a sudden loss of power steering assist.
On these applications, there are two v-ribbed drive belts: one for the alternator and A/C compressor, and one for the power steering pump. The inner belt for the PS pump (which Toyota refers to as the "Vane" drive belt") is the one that may come loose if the pulleys are misaligned.
Toyota will inspect and replace any defective parts at no cost to the vehicle owner. For further details, contact your Toyota or Lexus dealer.