Toyota has announced a recall of 106,000 Generation 1 Prius models built between 2001 and 2003 with 52,000 of those units sold in the United States.
Based on a minor accident investigation, Toyota says that if the steering wheel is strongly turned to the full lock position over and over again, the electric power steering pinion shaft nuts may become loose. Over time, that may result in the driver having to exert more force than typically necessary to turn left.
Owners can expect to be notified of the recall in early July, and the repair (in which dealers will replace the electric power steering pinion shaft nuts with new equipment) is expected to take around four hours.
Also, a small number of Sienna and Venza all-wheel drive models are being recalled for an improper driveshaft heat treatment issue. Owners will be notified in June 2011 for for proper remedy.