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2001-2003 Toyota Prius Recalled

June 1, 2011

With the floor-mat and sticky-throttle-pedal recalls in its rearview mirror, Toyota now is recalling the first-generation Prius for a problem with steering.

Toyota says it's conducting the recall for about 52,000 Prius sedans sold in the U.S. in the 2001 to 2003 model years. Globally, the recall concerns more than 100,000 Priuses.

The problem, Toyota says, is with the power steering's pinion-shaft attachment nuts. They may not hold the rack together tightly enough, and over time, they could loosen enough to increase steering effort in left turns.

Toyota will install upgraded nuts for more secure operation starting in July, when it notifies owners by mail.

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