Toyota tell us they initiated the recall after it was found that 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.
Toyota advising that a warning light would then illuminate on the dashboard along with a short audible warning whilst manual steering would be maintained.
All Toyota 86 vehicles sold in Australia between April 2012 and March 2015 and fitted with a driver’s knee airbag are affected.
Toyota say they will replace the power steering electronic control unit and wire harness in all affected vehicles, at no charge to owners.
Parts are expected to arrive in dealerships late next month and Toyota Australia will then contact affected Toyota 86 owners by post with info on how to arrange for the repairs to be carried out at Toyota dealerships.