Toyota recalls 52,000 original Prius models for steering fix and don’t turn the steering wheel too hard if you own a 2001 through 2003 Toyota Prius because you could loosen the nuts in the steering gear box according to a volunteer safety recall announced for the first hybrids to hit the United States………….
Toyota announced a voluntary safety recall of about 52,000 2001 through 2003 Prius models in the U.S. to replace the electric power-steering pinion shaft attachment nuts and there is a possibility that the nuts securing the pinion shaft in the steering gear box assembly may become loose if the steering wheel is repeatedly and strongly turned to the full-lock position. The driver could, over time, notice that more effort is needed in steering when making a left turn, the company said. Toyota dealers will make the necessary repairs, free of charge, by installing improved nuts that secure the pinion shaft. The repair will take about 4 hours, Toyota said. In a separate notice, Toyota announced the recall of 34 2011 Venza AWD and 16 2011 Sienna AWD vehicles to replace an insufficiently heat-treated front right-hand driveshaft. Only 38 vehicles are expected to have an insufficiently heat-treated driveshaft, Toyota said. “Due to insufficient heat treatment, there is a possibility that the front right-hand driveshaft may break. If this occurs, engine power will not be transmitted to the wheels and the vehicle will coast to a stop,” the company said in a release.