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Toyota recalls 52,000 Prius hybrids

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Toyota is recalling 106,000 Prius hybrids globally (52,000 in the U.S.) The recall is for 2001-2003 models.

Toyota has issued another recall, this one due to steering issues in its first generation Prius hybrids.

If the steering wheel is turned as far as it can go repeatedly and rapidly, Toyota says the nuts holding the steering shaft in place might get loose and make it harder to turn left.

The recall is for 2001-2003 Prius models and involves 52,000 hybrids nationwide.

Bill Visnic. an analyst with edmunds.com, says it’s been a rough couple years for Toyota in terms of recalls:

"Particularly because of how much publicity that they had last year about the unintended acceleration, any recall right now for Toyota certainly isn’t a good one. But really in the context of how most recalls operate, this one appears to be very minor."

Toyota recalled millions of vehicles last year to deal with unintended acceleration problems.

The current recall involves 106,000 Prius hybrids globally.

Jennifer is a reporter for Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, which looks at kids from low-income families and what it takes to get them ahead. She previously covered arts and culture for the station, and was one of the lead reporters on the award-winning education series Rebuilding Detroit Schools. Prior to working at Michigan Radio, Jennifer lived in New York where she was a producer at WFUV, an NPR station in the Bronx.