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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

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]

Nov 14, 2012 10:37AM
The electric steering box also fails and when it does whatever direction the front wheels are is where they will stay frozen. Remind me to buy a Prius Ha
Nov 14, 2012 10:25AM

I love My Prius V I purchased it Dec 2011 I have never had any problems and everthing is as Toyota promised.Previously I owned a 2009 Ford P/u 4x4 with everything on it. I loved the P/U.but I had problems with the paint,rearend had to be replaced. So all types have there problems Ford did take care of it . So I have no fault with either manfacture they stood behing there warranty. I traded because of GAS PRICES.


Nov 14, 2012 10:17AM
I have a 1991 Toyota Camry...still running LOVE IT! 175k and maybe one more sticker this November
Nov 14, 2012 10:13AM

In another version of this article on MSN's main page, it mentions that Consumer Reports DOESN'T CONSIDER recalls when it calculates its reliability ratings.


Are you kidding me?


I guess if it's recalled and fixed BEFORE it breaks, its perfectly "reliable"!

Nov 14, 2012 10:12AM

At least Toyotas don't blow you into the next millinium as the result of a mere love tap on the back

porch and cremating all of it's occupants live.  Fords are well known for doing that.  And engine

compartment hoods on Toyotas all buckle in the event of front end impact rather than punch through

the windscreen and decapitate the driver and front passenger.  GM made history with that issue.

Nov 14, 2012 9:55AM
I love my Prius and I wouldn't trade it for any other car out there. 47-53 miles to the gallon no matter how I drive. I never think about no going anywhere because of the cost of gas. Just get in there and go!!!!! Plenty Power, good sound system, comfortable!
The Japanese giant keeps having issues with its fleet of vehicles.we never hear Honda or Nissan recalling their vehicles.never been a Toyota fan like many.
Nov 14, 2012 9:44AM
I've worked for Ford 30 years in the power train division. I notice every time someone and I'm talking about ALL the manufactures has a recall it turns into a rock throwing contest. Children children please no fighting in the sandbox !. Toyota has always been a excellent corporate partner throughout the world, so has most of other manufactures. Americans have it good these days with the widest selection of automobiles in the history of the business. We share technology, parts and engineering with Toyota all the time. I've had many very positive interactions with their engineers for years. We welcomed them into NASCAR and hope Toyota has a long standing presences here in the states. Folks, competition is why our vehicles last longer, we welcome a good clean fight. Yes, we've all had good and bad experiences with vehicle of all kinds. When Honda first hit the shores with the Civic it was an instant hit and for good reason. As the bar raised everyone had to hurry to catch up and it benefits us all. Fords come along way since those days and we've still got along ways to go. We want to win you over with quality and all the features Americans and those from other countries want. When we sit down with companies like Toyota it's not a US against THEM situation. They provide jobs and economic stability for many communities throughout the word including right here in America. My point is this, Americans don't need to lower themselves by engaging in rock throwing. We've been underdogs in many battles and came out on top. Our workforce is made up of many different kinds of people and that's our strength. When we bash ourselves we are bashing our own sons and daughters, neighbors and friends. Veterans from all the wars we've fought can teach us a lesson. I've watched men who've fought against each other in combat walk up to each other in front of a war memorial to the fallen and embrace each other as brothers. Put down your rocks children and learn it takes a bigger person to reach out a hand and congratulate your competition.
Nov 14, 2012 9:39AM

I love my Prius.   Not everything is perfect...  


Nov 14, 2012 9:33AM
I believe that problems occur on all models,But I prefer a foreign car, German made, Mercedes Benz is all that you want and justifiable priced for life time pleasure. I have owned 4 Mercedes, @ 1981 300 d both had over 300 k on them when purchased. still running, ! 1983 240 d, still own it 160 k still in great shape, a 1994 E 320, had 277 k on it when it burst into flames. So all car s have defects. Just look at the prices and you could drive a Mercedes  for 30 k. Mercedes backs up what they make also. Thanks all for reading.  Mercedes Man
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