Australia is included in a global recall for Toyota’s second generation Prius hybrid hatchback.
Toyota Australia will contacting the 12,710 local owners of affected Prius vehicles produced between May 2003 and April 2009.
The problem involves splines connecting the steering shaft the steering box. Steel used in the manufacturing process was not sufficiently hardened and over time, if the steering is repeatedly turned forcefully to full lock at low speeds the splines may wear out.
Only three cases have been reported in Australia and no accidents have resulted.
Toyota says after inspection by a Toyota dealer, the repair will take about one hour to complete.
In Britain the Prius recall also includes rectification of an electric motor within the water pump and the same steering shaft issue on some Corolla and Avensis models.