2002 Toyota PRIUS Steering Electric Power Assist System problems & defects.

Toyota PRIUS Steering Electric Power Assist System problems : 8.

A Year Ago, I Had My 2002 toyota prius Shipped To Italy While I Was On Sabbatical. Starting In October (2005), I Started Reporting To The Local toyota Dealer That The Steering Was Stiff When Returning The Wheel Straight Ahead On Sharp Turns Or When Moving Out Of Tight Places Where I Had Parked. I Returned To The Us For The Spring Semester, But Returned In June, And Found The Same Intermittent Problem. My First Thought Was That There Had Been Some Damage To The Car During Shipping. This Past Sunday (july 9, 2006), However, I Had A Catastrophic Incident That Might Have Sent My Wife And Me Off The Small Country Road We Were Traveling On About A Half Mile From Our Home Here South Of Florence In The Chianti Region. I Had Been On A Steady Downhill Stretch Which Then Reversed To In An S-curve On An Incline. I Turned Normally Through The First Half Of The S-curve When Suddenly The Steering Wheel Froze Solid In A Straight Forward Position And I Had To Jam On The Brakes To Stop Forward Motion Of The Car Or Go Off The Side Of The Road Into A Ravine. I Was Probably Traveling Under 15-20 Mph, Because The Curves Were So Sharp And I Was Traveling Uphill. To Get Off The Road, I Stopped And Started The prius A Couple Of Times To See If This Were An Electrical-computer Fault As The Steering System In This Car Had Been Replaced At 26,000 Miles (more About This Later). On About The Third Try, I Was Able With Tremendous Force To Move The Wheel Off Center And Normal Steering Was Restored. Because There Was No Adequate Shoulder On The Road, I Returned The Car Home, Experiencing The Same Steering Wheel Lock-up More Than Once, Jamming On The Brakes To Bring The Car To A Halt, And Then Wrestling With The Steering Wheel To The Right And The Left With The Same Immense Force Until It Broke Free. This Was Nothing Like The Previous Stiffness I Had Experienced Bringing The Wheel Back To Center From A Far Left Or Far Right Position. (to Be Continued). *jb

0 person(s) were injured. 0 person(s) died. Mileage was 47000 miles. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN):JT2BK18U120. TOYOTA PRIUS 2002 problem was reported in PITTSBURGH, PA. Original Owner. Vehicle was purchased on 20020108. Vehicle was using ANTI-LOCK BRAKES. Vehicle was using Cruise Control.Vehicle had 4 CYLINDERS. TOYOTA PRIUS 2002 drive type:FWD. FUEL SYSTEM:Fuel injection. FUEL TYPE: HYBRID ELECTRIC. TOYOTA PRIUS 2002 TRANSMISSION TYPE: AUTO. VEHICLE SPEED: 15 mph. DEALER’S NAME: BI AUTO . DEALER’S TELEPHONE NUMBER: 011-39-055-6503299 . DEALER’S CITY: FLORENCE, ITALY . DEALER’S STATE CODE: 00.

Oct 01, 2005

Continuation Of Complaint (odi Number) 10162367 The Steering Was Each Time Frozen In The Center Position With No Possibility Of Turning To The Right Or Left. The Earlier Problem Was Not Demonstrable To The toyota Service Manager When The Car Had Been Brought In For Servicing In October 26, 2005 And March 2, 2006 (during A One Week Visit), But Because I Had More Time In July, I Had Scheduled A Total Inspection For The Steering Mechanism On Tuesday, July 11th. After This Catastrophic Failure, However, I Had The Car Immediately Towed To Bi Auto toyota In Florence For Repair. Despite The Fact That The Towing Charge Was More Than $200, I Had No Confidence That This Car Could Be Driven Safely To The Dealership. At The Dealership, The Service Technicians Identified The Problem As Requiring The Replacement Of The

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