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Toyota Prius Recall 11V304000

Potential Loss of Power Steering

Suspension & Steering, June 1, 2011

RepairPal Expert Overview

Our Quick Take:

Power steering assistance may be lost, most notably when making a left turn. Loss of power steering assist may increase the risk of a crash.

What Should You Do?

This should be considered a high priority recall as the power steering assist could be lost without warning. Please contact your Toyota dealer and they will check if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call. 

Summary:

The steering linkage may loosen, resulting in reduced electric steering assistance when making a left turn. Loss of power steering assist may increase the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the nuts securing the steering linkage to correct this concern. This recall is expected to begin in early July 2011.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2001, 2002, 2003

Manufacturer's Report Date: June 1, 2011

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V304000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected: 52,377

Summary: TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2001 THROUGH 2003 PRIUS PASSENGER CARS MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 28, 2000, THROUGH MAY 30, 2003. THE STEERING LINKAGE MAY LOOSEN, RESULTING IN REDUCED ELECTRIC STEERING ASSISTANCE WHEN MAKING A LEFT TURN.

Consequence: LOSS OF POWER STEERING, PARTICULARLY WHEN AN OPERATOR IS ACTIVELY INTENDING TO STEER THE VEHICLE, MAY INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy: TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE NUTS IN THE STEERING LINKAGE FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN EARLY JULY 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT TOYOTA AT 1-800-331-4331.

Notes: OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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