Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday it will extend warranties on about 235,500 RAV4 vehicles and address steering complaints on as many as 500,000 late model Matrix and Corolla cars in the US.
Toyota is taking the action to repair vehicles outside the channel for recalls tracked by US regulators because it does not consider the reported problems to be safety issues.
Drivers of 2001 to 2003 model year RAV4s equipped with automatic transaxles may experience a "harsh shift" or have a dashboard light turn on indicating a malfunction, Toyota said in a notice to US dealers.
Meanwhile, drivers of about a half million US Matrix and Corolla vehicles from model years 2009 and 2010 may experience steering drift, the company said.
US Toyota dealers will fix the steering for owners who complain, said Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons. He said the matter was not a safety issue but one of customer satisfaction.
In February, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration had opened a preliminary investigation into complaints over steering issues on the Corolla and the Matrix.