Safety concerns are behind Toyota’s recall of more than a million Prius, Scion and FCHV-ADV vehicles.
Here’s the break down:
Model: 2004-09 Prius
Units impacted: 669,,706
The problem: The steering could fail due to insufficient hardness of metal splines built within the steering intermediate extension shaft. This could cause a crash.
The fix: Toyota will repair the problem in the recall that is set to begin next month.
Model: 2004-09 Prius and FCHV-ADV vehicles made form December 2008 through September 2011.
Units impacted: 350,662
The problem: A scratch may have occurred inside the water pump and coil wire, allowing the area around the scratch to corrode. That may then cause the corroded wire to break and the water pump to stop working. The corroded wire also my short circuit, causing the vehicle to stall, possibly resulting in a crash.
The Fix: Toyota will fix the problem at no cost to vehicle owners but a recall schedule has yet to be provided.
Model: 2012-13 Scion IQ
Units impacted: 11,153
The problem: The cable for the Occupant Classification System me become damaged when the passenger seat sleds forward or back. This means the airbag may not deploy in the event of a collision or they may deploy inappropriately for the passenger’s size and position. Both scenarios could lead to personal injury.
The Fix: Toyota will make the repairs and has set the recall to begin in December.
For information about these recalls, contact Toyota at (800) 331-4331.
Learn more about other recalls by contacting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 or visiting www.safercar.gov.