steering wheel controls knocked out by headphones

Asked by Jun 04, 2016 at 04:43 PM about the 2006 Toyota Prius

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My headphones were sucked into my steering wheel, became tightly wound
inside of it, and subsequently disabled my controls (A/C, stereo, horn, and now
airbag).  What would the repair process look like and how poor am I going to
be afterwards?

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The steering column has to be disassemble to inspect the damage. The wire from head phones may have broken contacts and or multi switches which control all the accessories lights wipers etc.. just a quick approx cost $200-$300. OH, wait its a Prius has it been in for the steering column RECALL? NIGHTMARE....561,000 Prius vehicles in recall.. Recall Number 12V537000 Recall Date 11/14/2012 Component STEERING:GEAR BOX:SHAFT SECTOR Summary TOYOTA IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2004-2009 PRIUS VEHICLES MANUFACTURED AUGUST 5, 2003, THROUGH MARCH 30, 2009. THE AFFECTED VEHICLES HAVE A STEERING INTERMEDIATE EXTENSION SHAFT ASSEMBLY BUILT WITH METAL SPLINES THAT COMPLETE THE CONNECTION FROM THE STEERING WHEEL TO THE STEERING GEAR. THESE SPLINES MAY HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED WITH AN INSUFFICIENT HARDNESS. Consequence OVER TIME, THE SPLINES MAY WEAR AND EVENTUALLY FAIL RESULTING IN A LOSS OF STEERING ABILITY, INCREASING THE RISK OF A VEHICLE CRASH. What Owners Should Do TOYOTA WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE EXTENSION SHAFT AND REPLACE IT IF IT IS ONE WITH INSUFFICIENT HARDNESS, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN DECEMBER 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THEIR TOYOTA DEALER OR THE TOYOTA CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE CENTER AT 1-800-331-4331.

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and not saying you do, but it is illegal to wear headphones while driving a motor vehicle.

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