Toyota has announced the recall of more than 100,000 of its Prius hybrids due to problems with electric power steering equipment.
Approximately half of the vehicles impacted by the service action, 52,000 in all, were sold in the United States. The rest were marketed in Japan and other parts of the world, the maker said.
The recall involves only early-model Prius hybrids, those sold during the 2001 through 2003 model-years. A second Toyota recall was also announced involving a handful of late-model crossovers and minivans.
With the Prius recall, the maker said that, “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. 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.”