5 Jun 2013

Prius recalled due to brake problem

8:18 pm on 5 June 2013

Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has recalled nearly 300 cars sold in New Zealand which may have a brake problem.

The company says 270 of its Prius vehicles have a fault that causes some components to wear prematurely so the brakes won't work properly.

The cars were sold in New Zealand between October 2008 and October 2009. A small number of vehicles sold as used imports may also be affected.

The company says if there is a problem, the warning lights may come on and the skid control buzzer may sound. The brakes may feel spongy and a squeak may also be heard from the engine bay during braking.

Toyota New Zealand general manager of customer services Spencer Morris says the recall is precautionary and there have been no reported accidents in New Zealand related to the problem.

Mr Morris says the remedial action will take about three hours and is free of charge.