Toyota Recall: 2.77 Million Cars Recalled; Is Your Toyota Faulty?

By Amir Khan on November 16, 2012 3:41 PM EST

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A Toyota recall affecting more than 2 million cars is being issued by Toyota after the company found millions of their cars are flawed due to faulty steering and water pump systems. (Photo: Toyota.com)

A Toyota recall affecting more than 2 million cars is being issued by Toyota after the company found millions of their cars are flawed due to faulty steering and water pump systems. The recall, which affects several sedans, such as the Prius, is completely voluntary, but could cost Toyota millions of dollars to fix.

The Toyota recall is worldwide, and includes approximately 670,000 Prius' in the United States. The recall also includes 14 other models, including the Corolla compact sedan. The recall is technically two separate Toyota recalls, both of which will be conducted simultaneously.

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The first Toyota recall is for a steering shaft issue. Cars affected by this issue will be examined for a flaw in the extension shaft, which causes the splines connecting the extension shaft to wear out. Customers affected by this issue will have the shaft replaced, which should take approximately an hour.

The steering shaft issue "may cause a knocking or rattling and possibly a reduction in steering response," according to CBS News.

The second Toyota recall, which may affect some people affected by the first recall, is to fix a water pump issue. In some vehicles, the water pump may stop working, causing the car's warning lights to illuminate. In addition, the water pump issue could cause the hybrid system in the car to short circuit and stop working.

While Toyota said they are not aware of any accidents that have occurred as a result of these issues, they are urging anyone who is affected by the issue to bring their vehicle in for servicing. Affected owners will receive notification in the mail beginning December 1.  

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