Toyota Motor Sales, USA, announced Tuesday, June 1, 2011, that they will be conducting a voluntary recall on over 130,000 vehicles sold globally. Of the thousands of vehicles being recalled, a reported 52,000 were sold in the United States. The recall directly impacts roughly 90,000 Prius vehicles and a fleet of iQ Vehicles. The Prius recall is due to a problem within the electric power steering pinion shaft attachment nuts, according to Toyota officials. Those vehicles affected by the recall, reportedly have shown to have problems when the steering wheel is repeatedly turned to full-lock position, over time the driver may see difficulty in correctly making a left- turn.
The Prius recall effects those vehicles manufactured and sold during the years of 1997 to 2003. Toyota dealers have been notified of the recall and will be implementing changes to the vehicles beginning in early July 2011. The repair will require improved nuts be placed to secure the pinion shaft. This repair is at no charge to the consumer and will take roughly 4 hours. Toyota will be notifying drivers affected by the recall in mid June 2011.
Toyota has also issued a recall in the United States and Canada on 34 Venza and 16 Sienna 2011 model vehicles due to problems with the driveshaft. These few recalls, come from a long list of recalls Toyota has issued over the last two years, totaling over 14 million vehicles. In November of 2009 over 4.2 million vehicles were recalled due to “all weather” floor mat complications. Due to an incident, resulting in four deaths, where the heavy-duty floor mats slid forward, trapping the gas pedal, Toyota issued a voluntary recall on all affected models.
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