A total of 8119 second-generation Toyota Prius vehicles have been recalled due to a fault with the hybrid car’s electric water pump.
According to the official recall notice published on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website, the fault affecting Toyota Prius models built between August 1, 2003 and March 30, 2009, means there is a possibility that the electric motor installed in the hybrid system water pump may stop functioning.
This could not only lead to the illumination of various warning lights in the instrument panel, but also “the electric power supply circuit fuse may open causing the hybrid system to stop while the vehicle is being driven. If left unchecked the car could go into 'limp-home' or 'fail-safe' mode, in which engine power is cut.”
In the US, Toyota made the decision to announce the double recall at the same time, with approximately 350,000 of the total 670,000 Prius vehicles affected requiring fixes for both issues.
Angel said that while three incidents of the water pumps ceasing to function have been reported locally, Toyota will start contacting owners affected by the recall from early December, asking them to make appointments at Toyota dealers to have the issue – or issues – repaired, with both taking approximately an hour each.
“Safety is our number one priority. We want people to have the best experience with their cars,” Angel said.
While today’s recall announcement is linked to that of a week ago, it follows another recent recall from early October that saw approximately 7.4 million cars recalled globally for a power window defect and 297,931 Toyota Aurion, Camry, Corolla, Kluger, RAV4 and Yaris vehicles affected locally.
Angel said Toyota was not aware of any additional upcoming recalls.
At the start of the month, Toyota announced that it had sold more than one million hybrids worldwide in 2012. Of the total hybrids sold, 736,00 were made up of Prius variants including the hatch, Prius C city car and Prius V people-mover.