Thousands of drivers are being urged to return their cars after a potentially fatal defect was discovered.
Up to 9000 Toyota Yaris and Yaris Hybrid models are being recalled by the manufacturer across Australia.
The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts issued the recall for both petrol and hybrid models created between 2020 and 2023.
There are concerns the steering could fail due to a durability issue.
It could cause the front lower suspension arm to develop cracks and eventually corrode when exposed to road snow melting agents.
“This could cause the suspension to collapse and detach from the vehicle,” Toyota Australia said in its recall notice.
“As a result, the vehicle may experience a sudden loss of steering control.”
The vehicles included in the recall – 8815 in total – were manufactured between 2020 and 2023 and include both petrol and hybrid versions of the Yaris Ascent Sport, Yaris SX and Yaris ZR.
“Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by Toyota in writing, and are asked to make an appointment to have the front lower suspension arm replaced, free of charge.”
Car owners can call Toyota’s support line on 1800 987 366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.