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by Tim Beissmann

Toyota and Lexus Australia have recalled 24,222 Toyota and Lexus vehicles over an issue related to the crankshaft pulley of the vehicles’ V6 engines.

The local recall of five separate models is part of a larger global recall action affecting 550,000 vehicles, including more than 420,000 in the US.

In Australia, 11,235 Toyota Camry V6s, 6966 Toyota Klugers, 3591 Toyota Avalons, 2065 Lexus RX 330s and 365 Lexus ES 300s have been recalled. The affected vehicles were manufactured between June 2004 and March 2005.

Toyota and Lexus Australia outlined the issue in a statement:

“The amount of adhesive applied between the inner and outer rings of the crankshaft pulley may be insufficient and could cause the outer ring to become misaligned, resulting in an abnormal noise and/or the charging system warning light illuminating.

“In some cases the power steering belt may dislodge and a sudden unexpected increase of steering effort could occur.”

There have been two cases of the condition reported in Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Australia, although no accidents or injuries have resulted.

The manufacturers describe the safety recall as a “preventative action”, and say owners can continue to drive their vehicles.

Toyota Australia spokeswoman Laura Hill explained technicians would inspect the vehicles and, where required, would replace the crankshaft pulley. Ms Hill said the recall repair should take about 90 minutes to complete.

Toyota and Lexus Australia will start contacting owners at their last known address in December advising them to make an appointment with their preferred dealer. The recall will be conducted free of charge.