Toyota recalls Prius model years 2004-2009 over faulty steering mechanism

Toyota Motor Corporation

Toyota is recalling certain model year 2004-2009 Prius vehicles manufactured August 5, 2003, through March 30, 2009. The affected vehicles have a steering intermediate extension shaft assembly built with metal splines that complete the connection from the steering wheel to the steering gear. These splines may have been manufactured with an insufficient hardness.

As a result, over time, the splines may wear and eventually fail resulting in a loss of steering ability, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the extension shaft and replace it if it is one with insufficient hardness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2012. Owners may contact their Toyota dealer or the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331

Jack B. said
2383 days ago
My wife was driving our 2005 Prius into our neighborhood the 15th of Dec. 2012. Approaching the turn at approx. 30mph. she stepped on the brakes. The car shut down and she was unable to brake or to steer. She went through the intersection, hit a wall with her right tire and the car overturned. The car of course was totalled, but fortunately my wife survived with only serious bruising to her ribs, arms and legs. And no small amount of PTSD. No other parties were involved in the crash. Lawyers we have spoken to, have said that since she was not more seriously wounded, they had no interest in the case. The interest should be, it seems to us, that this not happen to anyone else.

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