The beleaguered car manufacturer Toyota looks like it might have to issue a recall of its top-selling Corolla after complaints about power steering, according to fresh industry reports.
It’s unclear whether the problem is with the braking system or the tyres, but the company is carrying out urgent checks.
This is the latest blow to a company already reeling from a string of safety problems.
Executive in charge of quality control Shinichi Sasaki said it was taking seriously the complaints about power-steering problems in the Corolla, the world’s best-selling car.
He said drivers may perceive a strange feeling as though they were losing control over the steering, but it was unclear whether the problem was with the braking system or a problem with the tyres.
There have been fewer than 100 complaints.
He said it was still uncertain if a recall would be necessary but the company is considering one. The number of affected vehicles is unclear.
The company was putting customers first in a renewed effort to salvage its reputation and would do whatever is necessary if a fix is needed, Mr Sasaki said.
Toyota has recalled 8.5 million vehicles globally during the past four months because of problems with sticking accelerator pedals, floor mats trapping accelerators and faulty brake programming.