Toyota recalling 52,000 2001-2003 Prius units over steering issue

2003 Toyota Prius

Toyota announced today that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving around 52,000 2001 through 2003 Prius vehicles sold in the United States. The recall will be taken to replace the electric power steering pinion shaft attachment nuts. Globally Toyota is recalling 106,000 units of the Prius.

“If the steering wheel is repeatedly and strongly turned to the full-lock position, there is a possibility the nuts securing the pinion shaft in the steering gear box assembly may become loose,” Toyota said. “If the vehicle is continuously operated in this condition, over time, the customer will gradually notice significant increased steering effort when making a left turn.”

Toyota said that dealers will install improved nuts that secure the pinion shaft at no charge to the owner. The repair will take around 4 hours. Owners will be notified starting early July.

Separately, Toyota is recalling 34 Venza AWD and 16 Sienna AWD units to replace an insufficiently heat treated front right-hand driveshaft.

– By: Omar Rana