More technical problems have forced the recall on even more Toyota vehicles.
According to a USA Today report, Toyota is now issuing a recall on about 670,000 Prius hybrid cars because they may have a defective steering system. Among those vehicles, 350,000 were called back because they have a faulty water pump that may cause the car to stall unexpectedly.
There have not been any reports of accidents or injuries caused by the defects that prompted this latest recall from one of the giants of the automobile industry. The recall includes the so-called second generation Prius models manufactured between August 2003 and March 30, 2009.
A Toyota spokesperson told USA Today that the recall caused by the defective steering issue “is a design-related issue — insufficient hardness on the specification.” The recall does not include any newer model Prius vehicles.
In detail, the defect involves the immediate shaft of the Prius. The design of this part has since been changed from older models of the Prius hybrid. A driver would notice trouble with this part, mostly through noisy steering in “extreme” turning situations such as a tight parking spot. At this point, the car will “feel” as if it has lost its steering abilities.
For vehicles with the defective water pump, some faulty wiring could cause corrosion. This could trigger a response from a light on the dashboard control panel. Toyota says it will start notifying its customers of the recall in the coming month or two to schedule repairs at authorized dealers.
This combined action on the older Prius vehicles comes soon after another global recall issued by Toyota just last month. And it is just three years removed from the debacle involving the company’s failure to report problems linked to a defective accelerator in its top-selling Toyota Camry.
The recall issued this year involved more than 7.4 million vehicles that have a faulty power windows switch that could overheat and start a fire inside the vehicle and cause the windows to stop working. Though the company makes it appear as though it has learned its lesson from the debacle created in 2009 when it failed to report numerous incidents involving serious injuries and deaths that eventually led to another recall, there are questions on whether Toyota sat on information that could have forced the company to issue a recall on account of the defective power windows switch sooner.
In 2009 and 2010, it was not until several high-profile incidents involving deaths and serious injuries that eventually forced Toyota to admit there may be a problem with the accelerator device on many of its older model Toyota Camry vehicles, the top-selling car in the U.S. The company finally recalled several million Camry and other vehicles with the defective accelerator that caused unintended acceleration.