Toronto, Ontario – Toyota Canada will recall approximately 940 Prius vehicles to repair the power steering. The company will also recall one Venza for a driveshaft recall.
The Prius recall involves certain 2001 through 2003 model years to replace the electric power steering pinion shaft attachment nuts.
If the steering wheel is repeatedly and strongly turned to the full lock position, there is a possibility the nuts securing the pinion shaft in the steering gear box assembly may become loose. If the vehicle is continuously operated in this condition, over time, the driver will gradually notice significant increased steering effort when making a left turn.
Toyota dealers will install improved nuts to secure the pinion shaft. Owners of affected vehicles will receive notification beginning in June.
Toyota will also recall one 2011 Venza to replace the front right-hand drive shaft, which was insufficiently heat-treated and could possibly break.