Early 2006 Prius models are among the affected vehicles.
Toyota recalling Prius hybrids to fix steering shaft assembly
AutoWeek | Published 05/31/06, 2:44 pm et
Toyota announced this week that it will launch a voluntary recall of approximately 170,000 of its hot-selling Prius hybrids in the U.S. The condition, which does not involve any hybrid components, involves 2004-06 models.
The move is part of a larger, worldwide recall by Toyota that affects almost a million vehicles and 10 models. More than half of the vehicles under the recall are located in Japan, company officials said.
According to the automaker, a portion of the vehicle's steering shaft assembly may become loose or develop a crack due to insufficient strength, potentially causing the vehicle to lose control. The condition may occur if the steering wheel is turned forcefully to the locked position at low speed or if the tires make contact with a roadside curb while driving.
Toyota says there have been no reported accidents or injuries due to the condition, and no specific cases have been reported by U.S. owners to the automaker.
Toyota said it will notify owners of the affected vehicles with a service letter beginning in mid-June. Owners should then contact their local Toyota dealer for diagnosis and repair. Replacement will be done at no charge.
Owners with questions or concerns can contact the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.