U.S. safety officials have wrapped up a five-year investigation into 708,000 Toyota Highlanders from 2008–2013 that did not initiate a recall despite numerous reports of steering wheel failures. The investigation was

launched in 2018 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The government ended the probe,

according to records published on Wednesday, since the problem was unusual and probably caused by damage

from a collision. Furthermore, an advisory was issued by Toyota in 2018 urging technicians to inspect the

steering column during post-crash repairs. In 2018, the agency began investigating the issue after receiving

reports about the steering column potentially detaching from the bottom half of the column when drivers were changing the steering wheels.