NHTSA May Open Investigation on Toyota Prius Models

NHTSA logoFederal investigators are deciding whether to open an investigation into a complaint about the steering on Toyota Prius hybrids.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is reviewing complaint from an outfit in Reston, Va., Automotive Systems Analysis, which says it found a defect in shafts on 2004 to 2009 Priuses. Potentially more than 500,000 cars would fall under the period under scrutiny, according to a filing on NHTSA’s website.

The complaint centers on the upper coupler of the steering intermediate shaft. In a 2005 Prius belonging to a San Diego man, there was signs of wear and corrosion at the base of the steering column. NHTSA will decide whether further investigation is warranted.

Toyota said in a statement that it is aware of the complaint and will cooperate fully.

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