If you drive a 2004 to 2007 model year Toyota Prius, expect to get a recall notice in the very near future. Toyota is recalling some 378,000 Prius models, to fix a potentially faulty coolant pump. The design of the original electric coolant pump allows air bubbles to enter the cooling system, which could result in engine overheating and trigger the reduced power “limp home” mode. Toyota has not reported any accidents or injuries relating to the coolant pump issue, but is issuing a worldwide recall to address the issue.
Owners will be notified by mail, and the recall is expected to begin in early December, as dealers get inventory of the revised coolant pumps. Dealers will inspect the cooling system and replace coolant pumps with an updated version that corrects the original pump’s design issue. Owners who are experiencing overheating in Prius models should contact their dealer for a service appointment as soon as possible, and those with questions or concerns can reach Toyota’s U.S. customer service at (800) 331-4331.