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Toyota Recalls 670,000 Prius Hybrids, 2004-2009 Models

Have your Napa Valley dealer check to see if your vehicle is part of the recall.

Nearly 3 million Toyota vehicles around the world are being recalled due to a water pump problem and defective steering shaft, according to a press release Toyota issued today. 

Approximately, 2.77 million vehicles are affected by the combined recalls, including 670,000 in the U.S. They include Prius hybrids manufactured from 2004 to 2009.

Approximately 350,000 of these same Prius vehicles are also being recalled to replace the electric water pump for the hybrid system.

Car owners can bring their vehicle into a dealership to be inspected and, in some cases, have the steering intermediate extension shaft or the electric water pump replaced, according to Toyota. The repair will take approximately two hours depending on the dealer's work schedule.

Car owners in Napa Valley can take their vehicles to Jimmy Vasser Toyota on Soscol in Napa, or Toyota Vallejo down Hwy. 29.

Owners of vehicles covered by these safety recalls will receive an owner notification letter via first class mail starting in December 2012, Toyota said. 

There have been no crashes or injuries reported for these two conditions.

Detailed information is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.

Unfiltered Steve Simoneau November 15, 2012 at 03:36 AM
The Toyota Prius, and all other hybrid/electric vehicles, are near-zero emmisions... AFTER they are built. The pollution created in building just one hybrid or electric vehicle is phenomenal. The batteries require extensive mining that creates toxic mine tailings and pollution from processing the metals. It's all a pipe dream.

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