Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. says it is launching a voluntary recall of 170,000 ’04-’06 Prius hybrid-electric cars sold in the U.S., but the auto maker is quick to point out the issue leading to the recall does not involve hybrid components. The recall is related to the Prius’ steering shaft assembly, which could loosen or crack due to “insufficient strength,” Toyota says. This could occur after the Prius tires hit a curb or by forcefully locking the steering wheel at low speed, the ...

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