2001 Toyota PRIUS Steering problems & defects.

Toyota PRIUS Steering problems : 20.

Potenza 175/65/r14xl (oem Tires) Which Are Specifically Made For The prius, Wear Quickly And On The Edges. This Resulted In My Tire Tread Having A 1/32 Rating, While The Middle Of The Tire Still Had A Long Life Left.*ak When Making Sharp Turns At Low Speeds (especially When The Car Is Cold), The Steering Wheel Will Vibrate (sometimes Audibly, Sometimes Not). Were This To Happen At Even A Slightly Higher Speed, Accidents May Occur. This Problem Has Become More Frequent In The Last Few Weeks. It Now Occurs At Least Every Other Day.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in SAN JOSE, CA. Original Owner. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

July 21, 2003

Consumer Stated While Driving At Any Speed And With No Warning The Steering Bolts Became Loose And Caused The Steering Wheel To Jump Around, Which Made The Vehicle Difficult To Steer. Dealer Notified.*ak Vehicle Pulled Significantly While Driving. The Tires Were Inspected At 15,536 Miles, But At 18,800 Miles One Of The Tire Blew Revealing The Tires Were Bald. Later, It Was Discovered The Alignment Was Out And Tire Needed To Be Replaced Again. *ph *jb

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK18U320. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in JACKSONVILLE, FL. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20020101. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 4 CYLINDERS. FUEL TYPE: HYBRID ELECTRIC. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. DEALER’S NAME: ARLINGTON TOYOTA . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 904 721 3000 . DEALER’S CITY: JACKSONVILLE . DEALER’S STATE CODE: FL. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 32225 .

July 15, 2003

Dt: The Contact Stated That 2001 toyota prius Was Having Trouble With The Steering Wheel. When The Wheel Was In Certain Position It Shuttered Violently. The Problem Was Intermittent. This Happened Just A Few Times Since 2001, And In The Last Week, It Was Happening Daily. The Contact Had Not Taken The Car To The Repair Shop Prior To This Week. The Contact Was Taken Vehicle To Dealer For A Check Up On The Steering. There Has Been No Success In Contacting toyota As Of Now. She Will Contact toyota Soon. The Contact Stated That The Vehicle Was Very Unsafe To Drive. There Has Been No Near Misses, But This Condition Was Very Scary.*ak Updated 12/27/05. *jb

Mileage was 39000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK12U010. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in LANSDALE, PA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20010919. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 CYLINDERS. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: HYBRID ELECTRIC. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 25 mph. DEALER’S NAME: THOMPSON TOYOTA . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 215-345-9460 . DEALER’S CITY: DOYLES TOWN . DEALER’S STATE CODE: PA. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 18901 .

Oct 07, 2005

The Contact Owns A 2001 toyota prius. While Driving Between 2-5 Mph, The Steering Wheel Would Intermittently Shake. The Dealer Was Unable To Duplicate The Failure. The Failure Mileage Was 26,000 And Current Mileage Was 27,000. Updated 01/11/08. *lj The Consumer Was Told He Would Be Charged For Replacing The Steering Rack. Updated *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 26000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK12U610. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in CHEVY CHASE, MD. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20010607. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 CYLINDERS. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: HYBRID ELECTRIC. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 TRANSMISSION TYPE: MAN . VEHICLE SPEED: 2 mph. DEALER’S NAME: JIM COLEMAN TOYOTA . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 301-469-7100 . DEALER’S CITY: BETHESDA . DEALER’S STATE CODE: MD. DEALER’S ZIPCODE: 20817 .

June 01, 2007

The Contact Owns A 2001 toyota prius. While Driving At Any Speed, The Steering Wheel Vibrates. The Failure Worsens When Making Left And Right Turns. The Failure Has Occurred Ever Since The Vehicle Was Purchased. The Vehicle Has Not Been Taken To A Dealer. The Current Mileage Was 69,110 And Failure Mileage Was 69,012.

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 69012 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK12U810. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in SHELBY, MI. Vehicle was purchased on 20080227. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 CYLINDERS. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: HYBRID ELECTRIC. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. DEALER’S NAME: MACKIE AUTO SALES .

Mar 05, 2008

I Am The Original Owner Of A 2001 toyota prius. In 2002, We Experienced A Shutter And Loss Of Power Steering When Turning The Steering Wheel At Low Speeds. The Electric Motor-assisted Power Steering (emps) Rack Had Failed At 13,396 Miles. toyota Replaced The Emps Rack Under Warranty. In 2006 At 65,427 Miles, We Reported To toyota That The Power Steering Failed While Making A Turn And The Instrument Warning Lights Illuminated. Fortunately, We Were Able To Bring The Vehicle To A Safe Stop. toyota Replaced The Second Rack At No Charge. In 2008 At +105,000 Miles, We Experienced A Noise In The Front End That Sounded Like Rubber Bushings Squeaking When The Steering Wheel Was Turned From Left To Right. toyota Informed Us The Emps Rack Had Failed A Third Time. toyota Also Told Us That It Is Not Their Responsibility To Correct The Problem, But Was Willing To Pay For The New Parts And Not The Labor. A Check Of The Internet Blogs Indicates That Failure Of The Emps Is A Common Problem With The First Generation prius, First Introduced In 2001. Numerous Owners Have Reported Emps Failure On Their Vehicles. Second Owners Of The prius Appear To Be Less Likely To Get A Satisfactory Resolution Of This Problem From toyota Than First Owners. Unexpected Loss Of Power Steering While Turning The Vehicle Can Be A Scary And Unexpected Event Potentially Leading To Loss Of Control Of The Vehicle And Personal Injury. I Strongly Recommend That Nhtsa Investigate This Situation. *tr

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 65427 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK12UX10. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in PLEASANT HILL, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 30 mph.

May 01, 2006

Steering Wheel Shakes Violently When Backing When Backing Up After Morning Start Up, This Has Been Reported To Dealer Several Times And They Were Unable To Confirm Problem, The Problem Continues And We Now Have Light Movement Of The Steering Wheel When Moving Forward At Highway Speeds In A Strait Line This Movement Is A Slight Tug From Left To Right. The Warning Indicator Has Come On And Is Reset When Restarting, Looking At The 2000 Recall It Sounds Like The Same Condition. *tr

Mileage was 122000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK12U810. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in KELSEYVILLE, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 55 mph.

Jan 02, 2009

I Have A 2001 toyota prius. Sporadically, The Steering Will Shake Violently. It Seems To Happen When I Turn The Steering Wheel. Mechanics Cannot Figure Out What Is Wrong. This Past Weekend The Power Steering Warning Light When On And I Lost Power Steering. It Came Back On When I Stopped The Car So It May Be A Computer Glitch. The Shaking Is Getting Worse. *tr

Mileage was 59000 miles. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in FALLS CHURCH, VA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 55 mph.

Dec 04, 2009

While Investigating The prius For Accelerator Issues, I Think You Should Also Follow-up On The Well Known Power Steering Issue With The ’01 And ’02 Models. There Are Likely Still Hundreds Of These Vehicles Still On The Road. Worse, Even Though This Issue Was Addressed By A Factory Recall (nhtsa Assigned Recall No. 00v-285) toyota Placed A 5 Year Limit On The Warranty Service. What Is Worse, Once The Recall Replacement Has Been Performed, toyota Will No Longer Perform Further Replacements At Their Cost. If The Failure Should Happen Again, As It Did For Me As A Third Owner Of The Vehicle, It Is An Expensive Replacement (at Over $1,300 Usd). At This Point To My Best Knowledge Any Current Owner Of An ’01 prius Or Certain Models Of The ’02 prius Are Gambling That An Essential Safety Related Component Of The Car Such As The Electric Assist Power Steering Will Not Fail. It Remains Completely Unclear To Me That The Replacement Power Steering Assist Units On These Models Are Any More Healthy And Immune To The Problem That Were The Original Units That Were Subject To Recall, Since Mine Failed On Me After Having Been Replaced. As Further Evidence I Cite The Operation Flow Chart I In The Ssc Y05 Technical Instruction Update From Your Own Website At Which Shows That Even For Vehicles That Fell Within The Warranty Time Period, toyota Felt That If The Work Had Been Done Once, It Did Not Have To Be Done Again. Http://nhthqnwws112.odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/docservlet/artemis/public/recalls/2000/v/rcorrd-00v285-3651.pdf In My Case, The Repair Was Expensive Enough I Traded The Vehicle Rather Than Repair It. I Do Not Know Whether The Dealer Repaired The Vehicle Before It Was Resold And That Is My Greatest Concern. I Urge The Nhtsa To Re-open An Investigation Into This Issue, Since The prius Is Already Under Investigation For Acceleration Issues. *tr

Mileage was 60000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK12U610. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in NEW BOSTON, NH. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 35 mph.

May 17, 2007

The Steering Wheel On My 2001 toyota prius Suddenly Starts Shaking Violently When I Start Up The Car. It Seems To Occur During Cold Weather. I Have To Stop The Car When It Happens Because Steering Is No Longer Possible When The Shaking Happens. This Shaking Has Occurred At Least 5 Times. If I Let The Car Warm Up For A Few Minutes Before Driving It Seems To Reduce The Occurrence Of The Shaking. *tr

Mileage was 40000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK12U210. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in SILVER SPRING, MD. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

Dec 18, 2009

My 2001 toyota prius‘ Steering Wheel Shaking Violently This Symptom Has Been Happened To My 2001 prius Since 2008. I Had Been Trying To Contact toyota For A Replacement But No Feedback. Lately The Symptom Getting Worse Until Now. *tr

Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK12U310. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in FALLS CHURCH, VA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control.

Feb 17, 2010

The Contact Owns A 2001 toyota prius Hybrid. While Driving At Speeds Of 65 Mph, The Steering Wheel Began Shaking Excessively. Immediately, The Power Steering Warning Light Illuminated On The Warning Panel For A Few Minutes. The Contact Also Stated That While Traveling Downhill With Her Foot On The Brake Pedal, The Pedal Would Vibrate. The Manufacturer Was Contacted And Stated That The Vehicle Was Repaired Three Separate Times Under Various Recall Campaigns By The Previous Owner. They Were Unwilling To Assist With Any Further Repairs To The Vehicle. The Vin Was Not Available At The Time Of The Complaint. The Approximate Failure Mileage Was 116,000 And The Current Was 118,000.

Mileage was 116000 miles. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in RED BANK, TN. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 65 mph.

Mar 01, 2010

The Contact Owns A 2001 toyota prius. While Driving At Approximately 65 Mph, The Power Steering Warning Light Illuminated On The Instrument Panel And The Vehicle Lost Power Steering. The Contact Pulled Over And Restarted The Vehicle. Upon Restart, The Vehicle Operated As Normal For Approximately 30 Minutes Before The Failure Recurred. The Failure Occurred About Twelve Times While Driving For At Least 30 Minutes. The Contact Called The Manufacturer Who Informed The Contact That The Vehicle Was Serviced By A Prior Owner For The Recall 00v285000 (steering: Gear Box (other Than Rack And Pinion). The Vehicle Had Not Been Repaired At The Time Of The Complaint. The Failure And Current Mileages Were Approximately 109,000. Updated 10/20/10 *bf The Consumer Stated The Vehicle Still Has Not Been Repaired. Updated 10/21/10*jb

Mileage was 109000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK12UX10. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in BUNKER HILL, WV. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 CYLINDERS. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: HYBRID ELECTRIC. VEHICLE SPEED: 65 mph.

June 04, 2010

Power Steering Repeatedly Fails On 2001 toyota prius Requiring That Vehicle Be Stopped And Restarted To Clear Failure. Extreme Safety Hazard When Driving On Roads At All Speeds And In Curves. Occurs After Vehicle Driven More Than 500 Miles Continuously. Power Steering Still Failing As Of 7/29/2010. Dealer Refuses To Fix Despite Warranty Enhancement Notice. Request Nhtsa Issue Nationwide Recall For All 2001-2002 toyota prius With Similar Power Steering Problem As Failure Of Power Steering Unit Is Extreme Hazardous Condition. *tr

Mileage was 150000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK12U610. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in STOCKTON, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 65 mph.

Apr 27, 2006

My 2001 toyota prius Steering ‘groans’ When The Wheels Are Turned Far Left Or Right. This Defect Occurs More Often In Warm Weather And After The Car Has Been Driven. The Vehicle Has Not Been In Any Accidents. *tr

Mileage was 112000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK12U410. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in CONCORD, MA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

June 13, 2010

The Contact Owns A 2001 toyota prius. The Contact Stated While Driving 30 Mph, An Unknown Warning Light Illuminated And The Steering Wheel Immediately Became Stiff And Hard To Control. The Failure Would Occur Intermittently And When Doing So, The Steering Wheel Would Also Shake Abnormally. The Contact Would Shut Off The Vehicle And When Restarting, The Steering Would Resume Normal Operation. The Manufacturer Was Contacted And Advised The Contact That The Vin Was Not Included In Nhtsa Campaign Id Number: 00v285000 (steering: Gear Box -other Than Rack And Pinion) Therefore They Would Not Assist With The Repair. The Vehicle Was Not Repaired. The Failure Mileage Was 150,000 And The Current Mileage Was 205,000.

Mileage was 150000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK12U110. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in MARSEILLES, IL. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 30 mph.

Dec 02, 2008

I Have A 2001 prius. I Bought It In 2003. Ever Since I Bought It, The Steering Wheel Sometimes Wobbles When I Back Up And Turn The Wheel. This Has Been Consistent Since 2003. This Winter, When The Weather Has Been Very Cold, The Steering Wheel Has Shuddered Violently Several Times, Wobbled While Driving Forward Twice, And Now The Warning Light For Power Steering Is On. I Am Taking It To The Dealer Tomorrow, Jan 21 2011. I Have Read About The Wobbling Steering Wheel While Backing Up Since I Bought The Car. I Am Also Seeing That There Was An Extension Of The Warranty On The Steering Column, But I Never Received Notice, And My Dealer Denies Any Recall Regarding This Problem. *tr

Mileage was 34000 miles. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in LAKE FOREST PARK, WA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 1 mph.

Jan 20, 2011

Steering Wheel, Uncontrollable Shudder, Will Literally Rip Itself Out Of Your Hand Or Grip. Usually Happens During The First Of The Day When It’s Relatively Cold. While Slowly Moving The Vehicle, The Steering Wheel Will Start To Vibrate Violently, In An Un Controllable Manner. Sometimes The Power Steering Will Just Error Out While Driving Down The Street During The Day, Loosing All Power Steering As Well. *tr

Mileage was 148000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK12U410. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in BONHAM, TX. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 CYLINDERS. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 drive type:FWD. VEHICLE SPEED: 5 mph.

Jan 20, 2011

While Driving Into A Freeway Our 2001 toyota prius Experienced A Violent Shaking Of The Steering Wheel And The Ps And Exclamation Warning Lights Came On. My Wife Pulled Over And Shut The Vehicle Off And The Error Cleared. I Decided To Drive The Vehicle To The Dealer The Previous Owner Done All The Service And Repair. As I Pulled Into The Service Area The Violent Shaking Happened Again. I Researched The Issue Online And Found The There Was A Recall Of The Power Assist Steering Unit Due To A Faulty Sensor. When I Questioned The Dealer Regarding The Recall The Service Guy Became Defensive And Said It Is Not Covered Under Recall And Warranty Is Expired So It Is A Chargeable Repair. I Reviewed The Recall Notice And Warnings But My Vehicle Is Not In The Vin Range But The Problem Is Exactly The Same And Cost $4000 To Repair. I Don’t Believe This Is A Fair Process If Some Vehicles Were Repaired While Others Have To Be Paid For By Owners. *tr

Mileage was 65704 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK12U310. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in DOWNEY, CA. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. Vehicle had 4 CYLINDERS. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 drive type:FWD. VEHICLE SPEED: 10 mph.

May 25, 2011

The Contact Owns A 2001 toyota prius. The Contact Received The Recall Notice Associated With Nhtsa Campaign Id Number 11v304000 (steering:electric Power Assist System). An Authorized Dealer Was Notified And The Contact Was Informed That They Would Inspect The Vehicle Before Performing Repairs. The Contact Stated That According To The Recall Notice, The Dealer Was Supposed To Repair The Vehicle If It Was Included In The Recall. The Manufacture Was Notified And Offered No Assistance. The Vehicle Was Not Yet Taken To The Dealer To Find Out Whether Or Not Repairs Were Needed. The Failure Mileage Was 140,000.

Mileage was 140000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK12U810. TOYOTA PRIUS 2001 problem was reported in LAFAYETTE, CO. Vehicle was not using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was not using Cruise Control. VEHICLE SPEED: 0 mph.

Aug 03, 2011

2001 Toyota PRIUS problems and complaints, and up-to-date recall information. If you are researching a used Toyota PRIUS, driving a 2001 Toyota PRIUS, or if you are planning to purchase one, review owner-reported Steering problems and defects.

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