Toyota SUV Recall

Consumer Alert

Toyota is recalling 978-thousand sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks because of concern about the power steering system.

The affected vehicles include 4-Runner S-U-V's, compact pickups and T-100 pickups built between 1989 and 1998.

Toyota says a rod linking the steering wheel and the wheels may fracture under conditions where the steering wheel is turned while the vehicle is stopped.

The automaker plans to notify owners September 12, 2005.