Toyota Recall 2012: Toyota recalls 2.77 million vehicles worldwide over steering wheel and pump problems

By on Nov 14, 2012 in Australia, Automobile, United States, World Comments

Updated: March 16, 2013 3:15 p.m.

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Toyota Motor Corp. announced this Wednesday, November 14, 2012 a voluntary recall of around 2.77 million vehicles worldwide due to problems on steering wheel and water pump system. This is a month after a Toyota recall was announced because of Power Window switch problem, affecting around 7.43 million vehicles worldwide.

2009 Toyota Prius

2009 Toyota Prius
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According to press release by Toyota on its official press site that day, there are two separate Priusrecalls that included the 2004 to 2009 Prius models, affecting around 670,000 vehicles are being recalled in the US, to inspect the steering intermediate extension shaft and replace if necessary.

As noted in the report, the splines that connect the extension shaft to the steering gear box may deform if the steering wheel is frequently and forcefully turned to the full left or full right position while driving at slow speeds, which was caused by insufficient hardness treatment of some of the extension shafts.

“This may create an increased backlash and the splines may eventually wear out over time, which could result in loss of steering ability,” Toyota spokesman Joichi Tachikawa was quoted telling to BBC News, adding that there were no reported accidents related to this latest Toyota recall where 75,000 vehicles in UK are included.

CNN Money reported that around around 1.5 million vehicles were being recalled in Japan, while Toyota Australia said that a total of 12,710 vehicles are affected in their country. CBC.ca said that 14,816 Prius vehicles are affected in Canada, and that other models affected include Toyota Corolla, Toyota Wish, among others.

Meanwhile, Toyota USA noted that around 50,000 of the same Prius models are also being recalled where the the electric water pump for the hybrid system will be replaced, which is being expected to take approximately two hours depending on the dealer’s work schedule.

“In the hybrid system, there is an electrically driven water pump that circulates coolant through the hybrid components to provide cooling. There is a possibility that the electric motor installed in the water pump may stop functioning, leading to illumination of various warning lights in the instrument panel.” A statement reads at Toyota.com.

“In limited instances, the electric power supply circuit fuse may open, causing the hybrid system to stop while the vehicle is being driven.” Toyota added, emphasizing that there were also no related crashes or injuries reported, and that the recalled vehicles were built between May 2003 and April 2009.

Toyota said that they will send a notification letter via first class mail to the owners of vehicles affected by these two safety recalls beginning December 2012, and that any authorized Toyota dealer will perform the countermeasure with free of charge.

For more information about this latest Toyota recall, US customers are being invited to contact Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331 or visit www.toyota.com/recall, while customers in Australia are being suggested to call 1800 987 366.



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