Toyota Prius Recall - Electric power steering issue prompts U.S. Prius recall
In a news release Wednesday, Toyota announced that the company is recalling about 52,000 Priuses from 2001-3 in the United States. The company stated that certain parts in the electric power steering pinion-shaft attachment could loosen and that "over time, the customer will gradually notice significant increased steering effort when making a left turn."
The recall is estimated to affect 106,000 vehicles globally. The automaker did not cite any accident reports, but the company stated they received an unconfirmed report of a minor accident.
The federal regulations for motor vehicles state that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration must be notified of recall plans within five business days.
Toyota has been researching the issue for four years, but decided a recall was not necessary until now.
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