Toyota Prius being evaluated by NHTSA for steering-shaft concerns
NHTSA has already recalled the Toyota Prius twice.
NHTSA has already recalled the Toyota Prius twice for steering-shaft problems. In 2012, 669,000 Prius vehicles from 2004-2009 model years were recalled to replace the steering-shaft extension assembly. In 2006, a selection of 2004-2006 models were recalled because it was determined the intermediate shaft in the electronic power system could crack causing a loss in steering control.
At this time NHTSA is merely investigating the problem, and no official recall has been issued.
"We are cooperating with the NHTSA's investigation," Toyota spokesman Brian Lyons said in an e-mailed statement.