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Toyota Recalls 106,000 Early Prius Models to "Install Improved Nuts"

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As Toyota celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Prius, early models of the hybrid vehicle are being recalled for a steering fix.

52,000 first generation Prii sold in the U.S., model year 2001 - 2003, are part of a global recall of 106,000 cars, Toyota announced on Wednesday. The voluntary recall will fix a steering problem that could make it difficult for drivers to maneuver the car when turning left, reports Inside Line.

"If the steering wheel is repeatedly and strongly turned to the full-lock position, there is a possibility the nuts securing the pinion shaft in the steering gear box assembly may become loose," said Toyota in a news release. "Toyota dealers will install improved nuts that secure the pinion shaft at no charge to the vehicle owner. The repair will take approximately 4 hours depending upon the dealer's work schedule."

Owners of 2001-'03 model year Priuses should look into upgrading to the 2012 line receive a recall notice in the mail in the coming weeks or call Toyota at 1-800-331-4331.