Toyota Prius, the hybrid hatchback that has dominated automotive reliability ratings for more than a decade, is set for a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 106,000 vehicles.
The safety recall, which involves Prius cars built between 2001 and 2003, is intended to replace the electric power steering pinion shaft attachment nuts, , according to a press release issued by Toyota yesterday. “If the steering wheel is repeatedly and strongly turned to the full lock position, there is a possibility the nuts securing the pinion shaft in the steering gear box assembly may come loose,” the release said. “If the vehicle is continually operated in this condition, over time, the customer will gradually notice significantly increased steering effort when making a left turn.”
Toyota says it will install improved nuts at no charge to the vehicle owner. Owner notification letters will begin in July.
Tesla Motors’ $35,000, 200-mile electric car may not revolutionize the auto industry by itself, but it could serve as a starting point for a long, steady climb to a day when half of the world’s vehicles will be plug-ins.
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