Toyota Recalls 670,000 Second Generation Prius Hybrids
Another Toyota RecallAs part of a worldwide recall for 2.78 million vehicles, Toyota has issued a recall for 670,000 Prius hybrids sold in the USA (model years 2004-2009, so that's the second generation pictured below). The hybrids are recalled for two different issues: The first one affects all units and is related to the metal that was used in a steering component. It apparently isn't hard enough and could wear out if “the steering wheel is frequently and forcefully turned to the full left or full right position while driving at low speeds,” and that “could result in the loss of steering ability.” So be gentle with that steering wheel.
The second issue, which affects 350,000 of the same Prius hybrids that are being recalled for the steering issue, has to do with a water pump that is prone to failure because of a coil that can be scratched too easily, which can lead to corrosion. Failure of that water pump can make the electric side of the hybrid drivetrain shutdown. The car would still move on gasoline, but obviously that's not what anyone who has a Prius wants.
The rest of the vehicles being recalled worldwide are mostly in Japan and have the steering issue, not the water pump problem.