10 Nov 2011

Toyota recalls cars that may have faulty engines

8:29 am on 10 November 2011

Toyota New Zealand is recalling almost 1000 cars due to a potentially faulty engine part.

It says the crankshaft pulley may be faulty in some 3-litre and 3.3-litre V6 engines used in its 2004 and 2005 Camry, Highlander, Harrier and Estima models.

The recall also affects the 2004 and 2005 Lexus RX range.

The pulley drives the belt that operates a car's power steering.

Toyota says there have been no collisions as a result of the fault.

It says there have been just 79 reports of mechanical failure worldwide, out of the 500,000 cars using the pulley.

Toyota says drivers may notice an unusual noise, or the battery charge warning light.

It is notifying the owners of 990 cars in New Zealand, which will be repaired free of charge.