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Toyota Recalls 106,000 Prius Hybrids Due to Alleged Steering Problems

submitted on June 1, 2011 by pablos17 in "Products / Gadgets"
Faulty manufacturing or bad driving -that's the question I ask myself. But nonetheless Toyota has racked up a mess load of new recalls.

The single minor accident suspected of being related to the problem was reported in the U.S., according to Toyota Motor Corp.

The latest recall from Toyota, which has taken hit to its reputation from massive recalls worldwide, affects 48,000 Prius vehicles in Japan, starting with the first Prius models that went on sale in 1997, and those manufactured through 2003.

It also affects 58,000 vehicles sold abroad, including 52,000 Prius cars sold from 2001 through 2003 in the U.S., some 1,200 in Great Britain, and 800 in Germany, company spokesman Paul Nolasco 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, it said.

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