Toyota issued two recalls this week involving its late model Scion hatchback and popular Prius hybrid vehicles.
11,200 2012 and 2013 model Scion iQ hatchbacks were recalled over problems with the front passenger weight sensor cables which control the passenger-side airbag and seatbelt pre-tensioner. The weight sensor cable may become damaged as the passenger seat is adjusted. If the cable is damaged during normal seat adjustment, the airbag and seatbelt pre-tensioner may malfunction in a vehicle crash thereby increasing the likelihood of passenger injury.
Toyota is also recalling 2.77 million Prius worldwide. 670,000 U.S. vehicles are affected by the recall to address a potential manufacturing defect in some of the steering columns in 2004-2009 Prius hybrids that may cause the steering columns to wear out. Steering columns may need to be replaced to ensure continued safe driving.
Of the 670,000 Prius hybrids recalled in the U.S., 350,000 of those are also being recalled to replace faulty electric water pumps which may stop circulating coolant through hybrid components.
Owners of the Scion and Prius models affected by the recalls will begin receiving recall notices in December and authorized Toyota dealerships will repair free of charge.
Fortunately, no injuries or accidents have been reported involving any of the vehicles or issues involved in the recalls.
If you have questions, Toyota vehicle owners can contact Toyota at www.toyota.com/recall or at (800)331-4331.