Here are some vehicle recalls that you should be aware of this week:
-Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. announced that Lexus will conduct a voluntary safety recall of approximately 39,000 MY 2003-2007 LX 470 vehicles to address a steering shaft condition. Lexus has determined that the construction of the steering shaft on involved LX 470s is such that the snap ring on the shaft may disengage when the vehicle experiences an unusually severe impact to the front wheels, such as striking a deep pothole. If the snap ring becomes disengaged and the steering wheel is then repeatedly turned to the full locked position, the steering shaft may disengage over time. Detailed information about this recall is available through Lexus Customer Satisfaction at (800) 25 LEXUS or (800) 255-3987 or at http://www.lexus.com/recall.
-Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. announced it intends to conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 373,000 MY 2000-2004 Toyota Avalons sold in the United States because the vehicle's steering lock bar might break under certain conditions. If the vehicle is steered to the right with sufficient lateral acceleration, a broken and loose lock bar may move toward the steering shaft. If the engagement hole in the shaft happens to line up at the specific time the broken lock bar has moved, this could cause the steering wheel lock bar to engage, locking the steering wheel and increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota will notify vehicle owners of the recall by mail beginning in late August. They can bring their vehicle to a local Toyota dealer for replacement of the steering column bracket at no charge.
-BMW of North America LLC is recalling more than 6,000 MY 2010 and 2011 5-Series and 5-Series Gran Turismo passenger vehicles because of a fuel gauge problem. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicle's fuel level sensor within the fuel tank can become wedged against the tank. If this occurs, the fuel gauge in the instrument cluster may display a larger amount of fuel than is actually in the tank. This poses a safety risk, if the driver unexpectedly runs out of fuel and the vehicle stops running. Vehicle owners can reach the automaker at (800) 525-7417
-Subaru of America Inc. is recalling more than 800 MY 2010 and 2011 Outback and Legacy passenger vehicles with manual transmission. Because of a programming error, a lubrication hole within the 6-speed manual transmission was omitted, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If the transmission gears aren't properly lubricated, a groaning sound may begin to develop. If the driver ignores the sound without taking action, the gears will eventually break. This condition will lead to vehicle power loss, posing a safety risk. This safety recall is expected to begin around Aug. 6. Vehicle owners can reach Subaru at (800) 782-2783.
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