Prius Hybrid Recalled Due to Water Pump and Steering Issues; Other Toyota Hybrids Potentially Involved
Toyota has announced a recall of the popular Prius Hybrid. The affected vehicles are being recalled globally due to two different problems with the vehicles' water pump and crankshaft assembly.
According to Toyota, certain 2004 to 2009 Toyota Prius vehicles may have steering extension shafts that were 'improperly hardened' during manufacturing. Over time, if the shafts 'wear out,' it may become impossible to steer the hybrid cars.
About 667,000 Toyota Prius Hybrids are affected with the steering concerns. And of those recalled Prius vehicles, another 350,000 may have defective electric water pumps that unexpectedly stop working.
Since the defective parts are used in many Toyota vehicles, NBC News reports that as many as 2.8 million vehicles, including the popular Corolla and other hybrid models such as the Camry Hybrid, may be recalled worldwide.
Owners of the recalled Prius Hybrid vehicles will be notified by Toyota to take their Prius to a local dealership to have the electric water pump replaced, free of charge.
For additional information, contact Toyota toll-free at 800-331-4331.