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Steering shaft and water pump recall for Toyota vehicles

Toyota advises that a number of its vehicles are subject to a steering extension shaft or hybrid electric water pump recall.

The steering shaft recall affects 1612 vehicles sold new in New Zealand and these were manufactured between the following dates:

  • Avensis - 2002 to 2008
  • Corolla - 2000 to 2007
  • Prius - 2003 to 2009

The water pump recall affects 816 earlier model Toyota Prius vehicles sold new in New Zealand manufactured between June 2003 and April 2009.

An unspecified number of vehicles sold as used imports may also be involved.

In vehicles affected by the steering shaft recall, an abnormal noise or rattle may be heard if the shaft engagement has loosened.

In vehicles affected by the water pump recall, a wiring fault may cause the pump motor to stop working, leading to the illumination of warning lights on the instrument panel and, in the worst case, the hybrid system may stop working.

Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Customer Services, Spencer Morris says the recalls are precautionary. There have been no reported accidents related to these conditions in New Zealand.

"Owners of vehicles affected will receive a notification letter and are advised to arrange to have an authorised Toyota dealer inspect their vehicle. In the vehicles affected by the steering shaft recall, a new part will be fitted if required," says Mr Morris. "In the case of the water pump recall, the part will be replaced."

Mr Morris advises vehicle owners the remedial action will take between one and two hours, and will be free of charge to customers.