The cars in question were manufactured between April 2012 and March 2015 – Toyota says that’s 14,906 86 models and Subaru is reporting 3016 BRZs.
At issue is the electric power steering which can fail due to the wiring harness rubbing on a panel under the instrument panel which, on Australian specification vehicles, houses the driver knee airbag.
Over time the electric power steering sensor connector terminals may not make clean contact which could result in steering assistance failing and a dashboard warning light illuminating.
Of course the cars still steer manually but more effort is required to turn the steering wheel.
Toyota and Subaru are currently stocking-up on the required parts and will be contacting owners to arrange repair at their nearest dealer.
Rectification will be free of charge and will take one hour to complete.
Toyota says there have been 62 failures in Australia but no accidents or injuries have resulted.
Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by the respective manufactuers, however owners wishing to know more can contact Toyota on 1800 987 366 and Subaru on1300 550 994.