Toyota Motor Corporation has announced the latest in a long line of major recalls. In conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2.8 million Prius and Corolla vehicles have been recalled across the globe, as well as an additional 350,000 vehicles for a water pump problem.
According to USA Today, Toyota has stated that the recall is due to a steering problem, specifically insufficient hardness in the metal splines of the steering shaft, due to a design-related issue. The splines may wear and fail over time, leading to a dangerous loss of steering ability. In total, U.S. consumers are affected by 669,705 recalled Prius vehicles from model years 2004 through 2009. The recall is set to begin in December, during which time dealers will inspect the extension shafts and replace if needed, all without charge.
The additional 350,662 vehicles recalled are the Toyota FCHV-ADV years 2009 – 2011 and the Toyota Prius years 2004 – 2009. A defect within the vehicles’ electrically driven water pump coil wire may lead to the vehicle part corroding and eventually breaking. If this occurs, the water pump could stop, causing a short circuit and leading to the vehicle stalling. While the date of the recall has not been given, Toyota plans on replacing the electric water pumps for free.
At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our auto defect attorneys in San Diego are dedicated to protecting the rights of those injured due to dangerous vehicles and finding them the compensation they need for their losses. To learn more about how we can help you or a loved one, call us today at (619) 814-9000.