upcoming engine part recall

It only affects some Classic Prius (I think some 2001s and maybe 2002s), amongst a whole lot of other cars (like the Corolla). The
manufacture date on my 2001 Prius is 12/00, so it looks like I'm fine (see the door jamb plate/under bonnet/hood plate for your production date). It'll be at least a month or three before the recall makes it to the US...
Don't you just love these news stories that make it seem like all of the Prius are being recalled, yet there's only a small number of affected Prius and a whole lot of other more conventional Toyotas that are also affected! The sky is falling!
Japanese recall page: http://toyota.jp/recall/2006/0718_1.html
using the Japanese -> English translation from http://babelfish.altavista.com/ :
<quote> Recall of 12 models such as .... and Corolla Notification number 1699 Recall target date July 19th
Concerning the portion of regular use car of 12 models such as .... and Corolla, it started delivering the recall of the below-mentioned contents to the national traffic ministry on 2006 July 18th.
Improvement place explanation drawing http://toyota.jp/recall/2006/drawing/0718_1.html
1. Circumstance of trouble In the crank angular sensor of the engine, because formation of the resin make body is inadequate, there are some whose catching generation of the lock of the wiring connector is little and some where seal characteristic of ..... is insufficient. Because of that, from ..... the motor oil to penetrate gradually into the sensor, when use is continued that way, the lock of the connector to become deformed the oil which penetrated heat by expanding inside the sensor, when it is worst, connection of the connector slipping, it becomes continuity defective, there is a possibility the engine not be able to restart stopping and becoming.
2. Contents of improvement All vehicle, the particular sensor is exchanged with the non-defective item.
3. Object vehicle [there's a long list of vehicles here. I only recognize the Corolla and the Prius (pre-mortar)... only 2.5% of the total vehicles recalled (268,570) are Prius, and I'll only list that info] Type = ZA-NHW11 Alias name = Pre- mortar The object car it is included Under carriage number = NHW11-0024306 - NHW11-0042222 Production period = 2001 January 31st - 2001 September 21st Object car Quantity = 6,725
Note: 1. Because also the vehicle which does not become the object is included in the range of the under carriage number where the object car is included, please inquire at the Toyota store of the vicinity concerning details. 2. Production period of the object car differs from the time of purchase.
Doing to apply annoyance, there is no excuse truly in everyone of regular use, but making guide from the Toyota store, because it receives, ahead of time, it comes to the regular use car handling store of the vicinity and reservation receives store day and time, inspection repair (no charge) to receive that it receives, it asks.
We apologize to everyone of regular use from thing and the heart which very much applied annoyance.
Please inquire the question regarding the car to the nearbyToyota storeor customer aspectual talks center of top page lower part. </quote>
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