span style="text-decoration: underline">2004-2009 Toyota Prius
The Problem: Toyota’s new Prius recall – part of a global campaign that involves some 2.2 million vehicles – is actually two recall campaigns rolled into one. The first seeks to repair steering shafts on 2004-2009 Prius models. Toyota says splines on the end of the shaft, which attach the shaft to the gearbox, may wear and deform over time if “the steering wheel is frequently and forcefully turned to the full left or right position while driving at slow speeds.”
Toyota’s second Prius campaign involves an electric water pump used to cool components in the hybrid system. Toyota says the motor itself may cease, and in “limited instances,” trip the electric power supply circuit fuse. If this happens, Toyota says the “hybrid system will stop while the vehicle is being driven.”
The Fix: In the case of the steering shaft, dealers will inspect the splines, and if needed, replace the shaft. The procedure takes roughly an hour, while replacing the water pump takes another two. Toyota will begin notifying customers to bring their cars into dealers in early December.
Vehicles Affected: Toyota’s steering box recall affects 670,000 Prius models here in the U.S. Of those cars, roughly 350,000 are also being recalled for the water pump issue.
The Problem: Certain Verano, Cruze, and Sonic models may exhibit a condition where a shorting bar within the driver’s front airbag may occasionally contact terminals used to deploy the primary airbag stage. If so, the airbag warning light will illuminate; if the vehicle is then involved in a frontal collision, the primary airbag stage will not deploy.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the steering wheel airbag coil, effectively preventing any unwanted contact between the shorting bar and airbag terminals.
Vehicles Affected: GM says the recall involves roughly 2949 cars, although it does not split that total into precise figures for the Sonic, Verano, and Cruze model lines.
The Problem: Headrests uses on the XTS’ rear bench seat are of a flip-up design. GM is recalling these items as they may not fully lock in an upright position once flipped forward. If so, the headrests do not meet the minimum height required by federal motor vehicle safety standards.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the headrests, and if needed, replace them. Dealers were notified on October 22, and owners should receive notification later this week.
Vehicles Affected: 12,626 2013 XTS sedans.
Source: Toyota, GM, NHTSA ODI