• 75,000 UK cars recalled
• Corolla, Avensis and Prius models affected
• Steering shafts and water pumps could fail

Toyota has today issued a recall of its Avensis, Corolla and Prius models, totalling 75,000 cars in the UK. Issues have emerged with the steering system on all three models and a water pump problem also affects some Prius models.

The recall affects Avensis and Corolla models built between July 2001 and March 2009 and Prius models built between July 2001 and April 2009. The steering issue presents itself as a knocking or rattling coming from the steering wheel, or even a reduction in steering response. Should this happen, the car will remain safe to drive. There have been nine reported cases of this happening in Europe, with no accidents reported as a result of this.

The Prius could also be affected by a water pump problem causing it to fail. The electrically driven water pump provides cooling for the hybrid components. There have been three reported cases in Europe, with no accidents reported as a result of this.

Toyota will contact all relevant owners in the next six weeks to get the cars booked into their local dealership to have the recall work done. The water pump replacement will take around an hour and a half; whilst the inspection and, if necessary, repair of the steering system will take approximately an hour. All work will be carried out free of charge.

Although Toyota will be contacting all affected owners, it is also possible to check on the Toyota website if your car has been recalled, by entering your registration number or VIN.

By James Richardson

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