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Toyota Recalls 52,000 Prius Vehicles

Mark Renders/Getty Images(TORRANCE, Calif.) -- Toyota has issued a voluntary recall for 52,000 Prius vehicles sold in the U.S. that the company is saying could experience steering problems.

"If the steering wheel is repeatedly and strongly turned to the full-lock position, there is a possibility the nuts securing the pinion shaft in the steering gear box assembly may become loose," the company said in a press release Wednesday.

Toyota says that if the vehicle is continuously operated in that fashion, operators -- over time -- will "gradually notice significant increased steering effort when making a left turn."

The recall affects Prius model years 2001-2003.

The automaker says dealers will make safety upgrades at no charge.

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