On July 30, the Australia government issued a recall warning for the Toyota LandCruiser 100 Series and Lexus LX470 four-wheel drive. The recall was issued because of multiple reports of a faulty steering rod, which, as mentioned in an earlier report, was thought to have only affected American-sold vehicles. It has now been confirmed for Australian-sold vehicles as well.
The recall specifically involves LandCruisers with a chassis number between: VIN: JTEHC05J# 04030122 and 04042432 and also VIN: JTEHT05J# 02080021 and 02117147, produced between May 2005 and August 2007.
The Lexus LX470 counterpart chassis numbers are: VIN: JTJHTOOW# 03523007 and 04029736, produced between July 2002 and August 2007.
The recall report says affected vehicles might have a faulty steering pin which could disengage under complete steering lock manoeuvres and through heavy impacts upon the front wheels (an unpleasant pothole, for example). If the pin becomes disengaged, there is a possibility of complete loss of steering.
The report says all owners of the vehicle will be contacted by Toyota via post from August 13. The repairs are said to commence on August 14.