Steering, Coolant Issues Trigger Massive Toyota Prius Recall

Steering and water pump problems in Toyota's popular Prius have caused the automaker to issue two recalls affecting 670,000 of the hybrids in the U.S. and 2.8 million worldwide.

Faulty steering components in certain Prius vehicles from the 2004 to 2009 model years could lead to a loss of steering control in 670,000 hybrids. According to Toyota, if the steering wheel is frequently and forcefully turned to the full left or full right while driving at slow speeds, the splines that connect the extension shaft to the steering gearbox are prone to deform.  

About 350,000 of those same vehicles could be affected by a separate recall to replace the hybrid system's electric water pump. The pump could stop circulating coolant, possibly causing the hybrid system to shut down while the vehicle is being driven.

Toyota says there have not been any crashes or injuries related to either recall, and owners should expect a notification letter in December. Each issue will be fixed for free, and Toyota estimates the repairs should take about one to two hours, depending on dealers' schedules. Owners can contact Toyota at 800-331-4331 or for more info.

This is the second large recall issued by Toyota in as many months. In October, the automaker recalled 2.5 million vehicles to address a faulty driver-side power window switch. The Prius wasn't affected by that recall.

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I remember reading somewhere that it is fairly normal for auto-manufacturers to issue recalls as a matter of course. Generally, the recalls are for minor little updates that are conceptually similar to a software update issued by APPLE or Google.

It's the big recalls that draw media attention.

In a sense, on a side note, I suppose the public has grown somewhat fearful of the word recall, as it's taken on the meaning of something SUPER dangerous. it?



If the car is designed to sustain wear and tear until 200K, and if they miss out on some details, then there is a problem. So a recall is mandatory. You may not have problems right now, but down the line, you may run into a lot of mechanical issues with your car.

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