The latest Toyota recall has them requesting that owners of the 2004-2009 Toyota Prius take their vehicle back to the dealerships. This time, it is for possible deformed splines in the steering column. What could happen is that if one were to turn the steering wheel sharply (such as taking a sharp corner at a high rate of speed, or trying park or backing out of a parking spot), The splines may break, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Whenever vehicles are taken back to the dealership, the technicians will inspect the intermediate shaft to determine whether or not any parts need to be repaired/replaced, including the entire steering system.
The second part of the Toyota recall has to do with possible faulty water pumps. It is possible that the motor operating the pump could stop working, causing the electric motor to overheat and shut the whole thing down…especially while driving. This reminds me of the Toyota Camry with the undersized water pumps that would fail while driving at highway speeds. I suspect that this is about the same thing.
In all, ten models are being affected by the steering shaft Toyota recall, and five models are being affected by the water pump recall. Toyota has only released a few of those names (2000-09 Japanese Corolla and Wish), and we’re waiting confirmation on the rest of the names. In all, 496,000 vehicles are being recalled in Europe, over 670,000 in the United States, and a staggering 1.5 million vehicles in Japan. Looks like those technicians are going to have their hands full for the next few weeks.
Stay tuned for the latest update on this Toyota recall, as we’re sure that they will release the rest of the models that are affected. Of course, you will receive a letter in the mail, instructing you to contact your dealer to schedule a service appointment. If you do not receive a letter, please contact your local Toyota dealer to see if your vehicle is a part of this Toyota recall (have your VIN ready…you can find this at either the lower right hand side of your windshield, or in the driver’s door jamb).