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Recall: 2.77 million Toyotas worldwide for faulty steering, hybrid systems

Of 670,000 Prius models recalled in the U.S., 350,000 are also being recalled for problems with the battery coolant pump.

By Exhaust Notes Nov 14, 2012 6:35AM
Toyota is recalling 670,000 Prius hybrids in the U.S. -- out of 2.77 million Toyotas worldwide -- for weak steering linkages that could break and hybrid systems that could fail, the company said early Wednesday morning.

Second-generation Prius models from 2004-2009 may have intermediate extension shafts that are of "insufficient strength" and could snap, said Alain Taverriti, a Toyota spokesman in Europe.  The shafts connect the steering wheel near its gear box inside the cabin. Toyota says the shaft could break if drivers turn the steering wheel to its full left or right positions at low speeds, such as when parking, or if a tire were to hit a curb at low speeds.

In 2006, Toyota recalled 170,856 Prius models in the U.S. from the 2004-2006 model year for other steering components that could break -- caused by the same low-speed turning maneuvers -- and cause drivers to lose steering control. While similar, the two steering parts are located at different places along the shaft, Taverriti told MSN Autos. No injuries or accidents have been reported as a result of either of the recalls, Toyota said.

Of the 670,000 models recalled, 350,000 will also be recalled to repair the electric water pump that helps cool the hybrid battery pack. Toyota said that the pump could stop working and cause the car's hybrid system to shut down while driving -- which could mean a complete loss of battery assist. Current and first-generation models are not affected. Other Toyota models, including the Corolla, were recalled in other markets but not in the U.S.

Dealers will replace the steering extension shafts and water pumps on affected cars starting in December. Owners can contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331 or at www.toyota.com/recall.

In October, Toyota issued the industry's largest recall in 16 years for faulty power-window switches that could cause electrical fires. A total of 7.43 million cars were affected, including 2.5 million in the U.S. Last week, Toyota recalled the Scion iQ for airbag sensor problems.

[Source: Toyota]

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Nov 14, 2012 7:50AM
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You guys can say all the negative things you want about Toyota's mishaps. Every make and model of cars on the road has recalls. Not because it's a bad vehicle but because it's man made...not God made. It's inevitable that vehicles will have issues sometimes. Atleast Toyota fixes it when there is an issue unlike alot of other manufacturers. I've always driven Toyota and so has my Dad and my Grandfather and we have never had any problems. And I want you guys to ponder two questions....If Toyota is so bad then why is the Camry the #1 selling car in America 14 out of 15 years and the Corolla is the #1 selling car of all time in the whole world and the Tundra has won the J.D. Power and Associates award for the past 7 years? Also, Why does Toyota have more models than any other manufacturer with the highest resale value on the market? I'll tell you why....It's because it's the best thing we got!
Nov 14, 2012 7:27AM
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Hows that 'Moving Forward' advertising slogan working out for you Toyota?
Nov 14, 2012 7:19AM
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its okay i drive a FORD that has the check engine light and they tell me thats NOTHING WRONG with that ..... thats just indicatin that my truck is on?!!....
Nov 14, 2012 7:32AM
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It is one of the worst car that I have ever had in my life. I want to get ride of this car ASAP. There are so many recalls and this car is piece of junk,,,I can't tell anymore...
Nov 14, 2012 7:42AM
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Buy American Names bring back Pontiac! I Love the Trans Ams.
Nov 14, 2012 7:16AM
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Wow, again!  At least that foreign manufacturer is taking responsibility at the forefront this time.  I'm glad to see it appears they have learned their lesson from the stuck-gas-pedal fiasco.
Nov 14, 2012 7:49AM
Nov 14, 2012 7:28AM
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I love my toyota Yaris, glad I didn't get a prius.  At least toyota is fixing the problem on their own.
Nov 14, 2012 7:28AM
Nov 14, 2012 7:31AM
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They should think of recalling 2009 Avalon, have had my front grill replaced due to poor manufacturing, along with my camshaft, front wheel axial, and exhaust manifold. If it was not for my extended warranty I would have gotten rid of this piece of junk a long time ago. This was my first and last Toyota.

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