2004-'09 Toyota Prius Part of Recall of 2.8 Million Toyota Vehicles Worldwide
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2004-'09 Toyota Prius Part of Recall of 2.8 Million Toyota Vehicles Worldwide


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Just the Facts:
  • Toyota is recalling about 2.8 million vehicles worldwide, including 670,000 2004-'09 Toyota Prius vehicles in the U.S., because of steering and water pump problems, the automaker said on Wednesday.
  • The water pump problem could cause the hybrid system to stop while the vehicle is being driven, Toyota said, while the steering intermediate extension shaft could be damaged at slow speed.
  • Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A said there have been no crashes or injuries linked to the recall.

TORRANCE, California — Toyota is recalling about 2.8 million vehicles worldwide, including 670,000 2004-'09 Toyota Prius vehicles in the U.S., because of steering and water pump problems, the automaker said on Wednesday.

It is the second multimillion car recall for Toyota in two months. Toyota earlier recalled 7.4 million vehicles worldwide, including the 2007-'09 Toyota Camry, for a fire risk linked to faulty power window switches.

In this latest recall, the water pump problem could cause the hybrid system to stop while the vehicle is being driven, Toyota said, while the steering intermediate extension shaft could be damaged at slow speed.

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A said there have been no crashes or injuries linked to the recall.

The problems also affect certain Toyota Corolla models in markets outside of the U.S.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls, has not posted any information about this latest Toyota recall on its Web site.

"Approximately 670,000 Prius vehicles are being recalled in the United States to inspect and in some cases replace the steering intermediate extension shaft," said Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. in a statement posted on its Web site on Wednesday. "Due to insufficient hardness treatment of some of the extension shafts, the splines that connect the extension shaft to the steering gear box may deform if the steering wheel is frequently and forcefully turned to the full left or full right position while driving at slow speeds. This deformation may create increased internal clearance and the splines may eventually, over time, wear out."

Toyota said approximately 350,000 of these same Prius vehicles are also being recalled to replace the electric water pump for the hybrid system.

"There is a possibility that the electric motor installed in the water pump may stop functioning, leading to illumination of various warning lights in the instrument panel," Toyota said. "In limited instances, the electric power supply circuit fuse may open, causing the hybrid system to stop while the vehicle is being driven."

Toyota dealers will replace the electric water pump for the hybrid system in the affected vehicles.

They will also inspect the steering intermediate extension shaft and replace it, if necessary.

The recall will begin in December. Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.

Edmunds says: If you own the aforementioned Toyota Prius, there will be a delay to get these problems fixed as dealers wait for parts.

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