Toyota is recalling roughly 174,000 vehicles around the world, including the popular Yaris supermini, due to an issue with the power steering.
A glitch in the electric power steering system, which could cause the steering to become unnaturally heavy, has led to Toyota registering a global recall today with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) for some of its Yaris and Verso-S models.
The recall affects 5,409 UK-registered, third-generation Yaris models and the Verso-S mini-MPV built between November 2010 and March 2012.
The leading carmaker is set to recall around 130,000 vehicles in Japan, a further 7,050 in Germany and roughly 7,000 in France, as well as several other countries.
In a statement, Toyota said: "All vehicles affected by this issue are being recalled so that the electric power steering's electronic control unit (ECU) can be replaced.
"Vehicle owners will be contacted by Toyota GB within the coming weeks and asked to make an appointment to bring their car to their nearest Toyota centre, in accordance with VOSA guidelines. The work will take between one and two hours to complete and will be carried out free of charge."
This is the third serious problem in as many months for the Japanese marque as it issued a global recall of 3.4 million vehicles over an airbag defect in April and recalled 4,947 Prius models in June over a faulty brake pressure accumulator.