Wednesday, June 1, 2011

106,000 Older Priuses Recalled

Toyota has announced a recall of 106,000 first-generation Prius hybrid cars globally on Wednesday, saying the cars have faulty steering caused by a nut that may come loose.

Toyota says one accident suspected of being related to the problem was reported in the United States.
 Toyota, which has been beset by huge global recalls recently, said the latest affects 48,000 Prius vehicles in Japan, starting with the first ones that went on sale in 1997, and those manufactured through 2003.
It also affects 58,000 vehicles sold internationally, including 52,000 Prius cars sold from 2001 through 2003 in the United States and some 1,200 in Britain and 800 in Germany, Toyota said.
Toyota says loose nuts in the electric-power steering can cause the vehicle, if operated over a long time, to steer with too much force.
The problem can be fixed by putting in better nuts and will take about four hours, the company said.

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