Toyota Australia has announced that it will recall almost 15,000 Toyota 86 vehicles built between April 2012 and March 2015 due to a potential loss of power steering assist. The recall impacts right-hand drive vehicles that are equipped with driver’s knee airbags.
Due to an improper wire harness layout, there is a possibility that the electric power steering harness may interfere with the instrumental panel lower cover which contains the driver’s knee airbag on Australian specification vehicles.
If this happens, there could be an electrical contact failure which may result in the loss of power steering assist. A warning light would then illuminate on the dashboard along with a short audible warning whilst manual steering would be maintained.
To rectify this condition, the power steering electronic control unit and wire harness will be replaced in all impacted vehicles.
Toyota Australia expects that parts will arrive at dealerships from late next month. A letter will then be sent by registered mail to all impacted owners to request that they make an appointment at their preferred Toyota dealer.
The repair work will take just over an hour and will be carried out free of charge.
There have been 62 reports in Australia with no accidents or injuries reported as a result of this condition.