Toyota announced a recall that affects 170,000 Camry sedans globally.
There are only 56 units in the U.S. All of the affected vehicles were built at the Japanese automaker’s Tsutsumi Plant in Aichi, Japan and were exported to the U.S. territories of Guam and Saipan. According to the recall notice, the affected vehicles have a faulty rubber boot on the front lower ball joint that could have been damaged by insufficiently maintained equipment. According to Toyota, if the rubber boot is damaged, lubricant grease inside the ball joint could leak and cause the ball joint to wear and loosen prematurely.
If the Camry is operated in a condition where the ball joint is loosened, the joint could separate from the knuckle and cause a loss of vehicle control. No crashes, injuries or fatalities related to the recall have been documented and affected owners will be notified through first class mail. Toyota dealerships will inspect the rubber boots and replace the ball joint if necessary.
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