Toyota Motor Corp has issued a recall of over 2 million vehicles, including the Toyota Prius, due to problems with the steering shaft and hybrid water pump system.
The vehicles, which include 670,000 Prius hybrids, and the Toyota Corolla, need to be inspected and, in some cases, replaced. In the United States, the recall includes 2004 through 2009 model years for the Prius.
Although there have been no crashes or injuries reported, the steering shaft problems result from a manufacturing error, and the water pump system has been malfunctioning, causing the hybrid system to stop working while the car is being driven.
Owners of the vehicles will be notified of the recall by mail beginning in December, and Toyota dealerships will be handling recalls at no charge. This is the second recall for the Japanese automaker, which recalled over 2 million cars in October due to a faulty power window lock. That recall was linked to at least nine injuries, including a man who was burned by a fire caused by the power switch.
Toyota is on track to sell more than 250,000 Prius vehicles this year, making Toyota the top seller of hybrids in the United States.
When car features fail in an accident, serious injuries and deaths can occur that otherwise wouldn't have happened. If you are injured in an accident because of an auto defect, you may be entitled to compensation from the auto manufacturer even if the accident itself was your fault.
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Source: The Miami Herald, "Toyota Recalls 670,000 Prius Cars," Nov. 15, 2012.