Toyota recalling 670k Prius models in US, 2.77 million vehicles worldwide

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Default Toyota recalling 670k Prius models in US, 2.77 million vehicles worldwide

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Toyota Announces Voluntary Safety Recalls of Certain 2004 to 2009
Model Year Prius Vehicles

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 14, 2012 – Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
(TMS), will conduct two safety recalls involving Prius vehicles as
part of the recall announced today by Toyota Motor Corporation.

Approximately 670,000 Prius vehicles are being recalled in the United
States to inspect and in some cases replace the steering intermediate
extension shaft.

Due to insufficient hardness treatment of some of the extension
shafts, the splines that connect the extension shaft to the steering
gear box may deform if the steering wheel is frequently and forcefully
turned to the full left or full right position while driving at slow
speeds. This deformation may create increased internal clearance and
the splines may eventually, over time, wear out.

Toyota dealers will inspect the extension shaft to determine if it
needs to be replaced and, if confirmed, will replace it. The
inspection and repair will take approximately one hour depending on
the dealer's work schedule.

Approximately 350,000 of these same Prius vehicles are also being
recalled to replace the electric water pump for the hybrid system.

In the hybrid system, there is an electrically driven water pump that
circulates coolant through the hybrid components to provide cooling.
There is a possibility that the electric motor installed in the water
pump may stop functioning, leading to illumination of various warning
lights in the instrument panel. In limited instances, the electric
power supply circuit fuse may open, causing the hybrid system to stop
while the vehicle is being driven.

Toyota dealers will replace the electric water pump for the hybrid
system. The repair will take approximately two hours depending on the
dealer's work schedule.

There have been no crashes or injuries reported for these two
conditions. Owners of vehicles covered by these safety recalls will
receive an owner notification letter via first class mail starting in
December 2012. Any authorized Toyota dealer will perform these recalls
at no charge to the vehicle owner.
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