TOKYO – Toyota is recalling 412,000 passenger cars, mostly the Avalon model, in the U.S., and another 16,420 vehicles in Japan for steering problems, the automaker said today.
The 373,000 Avalons being recalled in the U.S. range from the 2000 model year through to 2004 and have improper casting of the steering lock bar – a component for the steering system – causing cracks to develop on the surface.
In some cases, the crack can cause the lock bar to break, potentially leading to a crash if the steering wheel locks, Toyota said.
2nd U.S. sailor's body recovered
KABUL, Afghanistan – A second U.S. Navy sailor who went missing in a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan was found dead and his body recovered, a senior U.S. military official and Afghan officials said today.
The family of Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove, a 25-year-old from the Seattle area, had been notified of his death, the U.S. military official said.
Japanese tanker likely in a collision
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The chief official at the port where a Japanese tanker was docked a day after it was damaged while sailing out of the Persian Gulf says investigators now believe the ship may have been involved in a collision.
Captain Musa Murad said today that investigators are examining the ship in the port of Fujairah, where he is director general.
8 dead newborns found in France
VILLERS-AU-TERTRE, France – A French prosecutor recommended today that charges be leveled against a couple detained after eight dead babies were discovered on their former property in northern France.
A judicial official said the couple, in their mid-40s, are the parents of the dead babies. The corpses were found on two different parts of their property in Villers-au-Tertre, near the city of Lille.
The woman would face charges of manslaughter against minors less than 15 years old and her husband for failure to report a crime and concealment of corpses, prosecutor Eric Vaillain said in a statement.
Churchill's choppers up for auction
LONDON – A partial set of false teeth used by Prime Minister Winston Churchill to maintain his distinctive speaking style is going under the hammer today.
The upper dentures were specially made for the World War II British leader.
The Royal College of Surgeons of England, which exhibits a second set in a London museum, says the dentures were designed to be loose-fitting so Churchill could preserve the natural slurred lisp he became famous for in wartime radio broadcasts.
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