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Recall: 2001-2003 Toyota Prius vehicles—power steering problem

Consumer Reports News: June 01, 2011 09:45 AM

Toyota has recalled 52,000 Prius vehicles from 2001 through 2003 because of a steering-system problem that could make it difficult for drivers to maneuver the car when turning left.

If the steering wheel is repeatedly and strongly turned to the full-lock position, it could lead to a loosening of the nuts securing the pinion shaft in the steering gear box assembly. Over time, it would become more difficult and take more effort for the driver to turn the vehicle to the left.

The recall covers 106,000 Prius vehicles worldwide, including the 52,000 sold in the United States.

Toyota will start notifying Prius owners by mail in July. For cars affected by the recall, Toyota dealers will replace the electric power steering pinion shaft attachment nuts at no charge. For more information, Prius owners can call 1-800-331-4331 or visit

Toyota Announces Voluntary Safety Recall of Certain Prius Vehicles

Maggie Shader

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