Fiat recalls 50,000 cars in Europe over steering problems

Italian auto maker Fiat said on Friday that it had recalled about 500,000 of its Grande Punto and Grande Punto Abarth models in Europe because of a "possible anomaly" in the steering column.

The company on Friday said that half the vehicles recalled were in Italy and the rest elsewhere in Europe.

It added that owners were being contacted by letter, asking them to take their cars to Fiat service centers for an evaluation.

The recall was launched on information provided by Fiat dealers; and the cars will now undergo steering wheel checks.

Further details were not immediately available.