The Detroit News is reporting that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will investigate some 561,000 Toyota Prius models for potentially defective steering shafts. The affected hybrid models are from the 2004-2009 model years. The story indicates that NHTSA is weighing whether or not to grant a defect petition, which claims that Toyota incorrectly assembled the hatchback's steering linkage.

As of this writing, there is no recall. However, a recall based on the Prius steering shaft would be the third related to steering issues for the model since 2006. Seven years ago, Toyota recalled 170K Prius models for potential cracking of the intermediate shafts, and in November of 2012, the automaker recalled 670K units to replace the steering shaft extension assembly.

We'll be monitoring NHTSA's signals to see if this investigation turns into a full-fledged recall. For now, stay tuned.


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      Marcopolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Normally, I try to be polite about other countries cranks and eccentric's, but reading the comments that this article has created makes me think I've strayed into an " Aryan Nations ", compound ! Guy's, it's just a car with some new technology ! It's not a plot by the 'new world order' or the federal government to take away your arsenal of guns. It's just a car ! Recalls are not uncommon in the Automotive industry, and so far this latest "potential defect ", has gone unnoticed for many years ! Nothing may ever happen, and this may become just another non-story. But even if it does prove necessary to institute a recall, it would still have nothing to do with the hybrid drive train. Toyota has sold over 3 million Prius vehicles, (without gun racks) !
        jaynokc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marcopolo
        marco-dumbo
        sunn527821
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Marcopolo
        I am curious as to why you do not want anything to do with hybrid drive train? I own a 2004 Prius with 168k miles. I am a lead foot and still get about 45 mpg. I have not had any issues with the car. I also own a Ford Excursion that is in the shop all the time. IMHO, Hybrids are very reliable and am just trying to understand why you feel this way about Hybrids.
          Marcopolo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sunn527821
          @ sunn527821 " Hybrids are very reliable and am just trying to understand why you feel this way about Hybrids." I think you have misread my post ! Over the years, I have purchased a number of Prius for the company fleet, all of which have been great little cars. I'm also a big fan of the GM Volt/Ampera. I am just taken delivery of my third Lexus 450h. ( probably the best cars I've ever owned for reliability). But the ( possible potential) defect in the Prius steering assembly has nothing to do with the drive-train, it could happen to any vehicle.
      DIANE
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow...you guys sure get hostile over this stuff....cool down the testosterone boys and put down the beer
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        @DIANE
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      David
      • 1 Year Ago
      THIS MUST BE THE ONLY AUTOMOTIVE RECALL IN HISTORY..DUMD ASS MEDIA
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah. Now try and tell me that Japanese cars are more reliable and better built than everything else on the road...
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      Walt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Self driving cars will be a boon for Toyota owners. Their junk can drive itself in for the latest recall! Recall Motors!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Walt
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      MaX PL
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford and GM sales must be slowing. Time to investigate Toyota again...
      The Other Bob
      • 1 Year Ago
      So when it accelerates out of control, I can\'t even steer now? Dang. I kid, I kid.
        Renaurd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @The Other Bob
        All you can do is squeal..........OH WHAT A FEELING!
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        idcsr1
        • 1 Year Ago
        Patriotic Americans of high intelligence, you JDM fanboy.
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          caddy-v
          • 1 Year Ago
          @idcsr1
          Oops, meant for WMb.
          caddy-v
          • 1 Year Ago
          @idcsr1
          Whaaa, whaaa whaaa. I hope you have some cheese to go along with that whine.
      wooootles
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Unidsputed Recall Champions of the world will not give up its title so easily.
      joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      No way another toyota recall?? LoL JUNK THEM ALL PLEASE! you idiots out there buying them deserve these junk toyota recalled cars
        • 1 Year Ago
        @joe
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        jaynokc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @joe
        thank you joe...nice to see a real american on here
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