Toyota New Zealand has announced a recall of more than 2000
of its vehicles which may be affected by steering-shaft and
The action was "precautionary" and there had been no reported
accidents related to the malfunctioning parts, the company
The steering shaft recall affects 1612 vehicles and three
models sold new in New Zealand between 2000 and 2009; the
Avensis (2002-08), Corolla (2000-07) and Prius (2003-09).
The water-pump recall affects 816 Prius vehicles sold new in
New Zealand manufactured between June 2003 and April 2009.
An unspecified number of vehicles sold as used imports could
also be affected.
"Owners of vehicles affected will receive a notification
letter and are advised to arrange to have an authorised
Toyota dealer inspect their vehicle," Toyota New Zealand
customer services general manager Spencer Morris said.
"In the vehicles affected by the steering-shaft recall, a new
part will be fitted, if required. In the case of the water
pump recall, the part will be replaced."
Remedial action would be free of charge and take up to two
hours, Mr Morris said.
Vehicles affected by the steering shaft recall could exhibit
an abnormal noise or rattle, while a wiring fault could cause
water-pump motors to stop working, activating warning lights
on the instrument panel.
Last month, Toyota recalled at least 21,000 New Zealand
vehicles as part of a worldwide recall affecting 7.43 million
At the time, the company said the power-window switch on the
driver's side could overheat and melt if treated with the
- Additional reporting APNZ