Toyota Recalls A Million Cars for Faulty Steering Wheel

If you own a Toyota Prius, you may want to bring it into your local dealership. Just pray that the steering wheel doesn’t break off in your hands on the way.

Toyota has initiated a massive worldwide recall of ten of its models, including 170,000 Priuses in the U.S. alone. The problem seems to lie in the sliding yokes that drive the steering column, which can cause the wheel to distort or crack, sending drivers swerving out of control and right over that conveniently placed canyon to the left.

The vast majority of the vehicles are being recalled in Japan, but if you own a 2002 through 2005 Toyota, better make sure your car isn’t in this list of brands: Wish, Isis, Prius, Corolla, Corolla Runx, Corolla Fielder, Corolla Spacio, Allex and Ractis,

Every two hundred readers who die in a nightmarish automotive inferno are another ad dollar we lose out on. So if you’ve got one of those cars, please give Toyota a call.

Massive Toyota Recall Affects Nearly One Million [Consumer Affairs]


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  1. Treved says:

    Um, I’ve got a 2005 Prius and they just told me to sit tight and wait for my “letter” telling me what to do. Should come in a few weeks. WTF? If this is dangerous enough for a recall, why can’t they do anything NOW?

    Plus, they told me that even if I bring it in, they don’t know what to look for so there’s no point. Excuse me?

    Anyone know how I should proceed? Also, what happens with a recall? They fix it and send it back to me, or do I get a whole new car?

  2. thrillhouse says:

    wow – now thats service!

    Recall means they are replacing the problematic part. Unless that includes the frame, a new car is unlikely. It sounds like your dealer has not been shipped the details and replacement parts for this recall and thus would not be able to fix your car. It may be more complicated than ‘unbolt bad part, bolt on new one’.

    I would take this opportunity to slam asian auto makers, but their “superior quality” is well documented. screw it, deal with the fact that your parts are 8,000 miles away.