2 Jun 2011

Toyota recalls Prius vehicles

9:32 pm on 2 June 2011

More than 130 Toyota Prius vehicles will be recalled in New Zealand because of a steering problem.

Worldwide, 139,000 of the hybrid cars are being recalled.

Toyota New Zealand says the problem with the first-generation Prius relates to faulty nuts that, over time, make the power steering feel heavier.

A spokesperson for the company, Spencer Morris, says Toyota imported 132 of the cars into the country, and other importers brought in an unknown number.

He says while there have been no reported power steering faults in New Zealand, all the vehicles will be tracked down and repaired, free of charge.