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Recalled: 378,000 Toyota Priuses for Coolant Pump Issue

Some second-generation Toyota Prius cars are due for a recall because of a coolant pump problem, according to Reuters.

Toyota Prius built from 2004 to 2007

The Problem: Toyota says the design of its electric water pump could let air bubbles enter the system, eventually making the hybrid components heat up. A warning light might appear in the Prius‘ gauges and if drivers ignore the warning, engine power would be reduced if the car is in danger of overheating.

The Fix: A redesigned water pump. Priuses outside the U.S. will be recalled, too.

Number of vehicles potentially affected: 378,000. The recall is expected to begin early in December.

Source: Reuters via Automotive News (Subscription required)

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Buying Guide

2004 Toyota Prius

Fair Market Price $5,660 Base Sedan

0-60 MPH:

9.8 SECS

EPA MPG:

48 City / 45 Hwy

Safety (IIHS):

Good