Earlier this week, Toyota announced that it will be voluntarily recalling 2.77 million vehicles worldwide concerning possible issues with power steering and water pump systems. An estimated 670,000 older Prius models sold in the United States are affected by the recall. Prius hybrid models of 2004 to 2009 are being recalled, some for both steering and water pump replacements.
According to the Washington Post, all Prius hybrids will be recalled to repair power steering problems that could possibly cause the steering gear box to erode over time. In some cases, this could cause a slowed steering response. Toyota estimates it will take approximately an hour to install and repair. The Japanese automaker says it has not received any reports of crashes or deaths related to this defect.
About half of the 670,000 recalled vehicles will also need a electric water pump replacement. The defective water pump may stop working, causing the hybrid system to stop working while in operation. Replacing the pump could take up to two hours, Toyota estimates. Prius owners will receive notification letters next month.
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