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Toyota advises that a number of its Prius vehicles are subject to a brake booster accumulator recall.
The accumulator recall affects 270 current model Prius vehicles sold new in New Zealand and these were manufactured between October 2008 and October 2009.
A small number of vehicles sold as used imports may also be involved.
In affected vehicles the fault is caused by components that may wear prematurely in the brake accumulator assembly. If this occurs it could cause the brake pedal stroke to become longer, resulting in decreased braking force.
Where this fault occurs, warning lights may illuminate and the skid control buzzer may sound. A squeak may also be heard from the engine bay during braking or the brakes may feel spongy.
Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Customer Services, Spencer Morris says the recalls are precautionary. There have been no reported accidents in New Zealand related to this condition.
"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 accumulator recall, a new part will be fitted if required," says Mr Morris.
Mr Morris advises vehicle owners the remedial action will take approximately three hours, and will be free of charge to customers.