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Sunday 20 April 2014

Toyota recalls 35,000 cars in Ireland over steering and water pump problems

TOYOTA has recalled more than 35,000 cars after potential problems were identified with the steering system and a water pump.

Some 32,650 Avensis and 1,859 Prius cars manufactured between August 2002 and September 2008 will be repaired at no cost to the customers.

It is the second recall of Toyota cars in the last month. In October, the Japanese manufacturer recalled seven million vehicles - 36,000 in Ireland – over a faulty power-window switch.

“This is purely a precautionary measure,” the company said, adding repairs would take about an hour to carry out.

“Toyota Ireland will be writing directly to owners requesting them to bring their car to their Toyota dealer for inspection.”

The potential steering problem involves knocking noise from the steering column and a possible reduction in steering response.

The company says the vehicles are safe to drive.

The water pump problem pertains to the possible failure of the pump in Prius vehicles.

Separately, Honda Ireland has recalled 2,126 CRV vehicles manufactured between 2002 and 2006 due to problems with the power window switch.

Overheating could occur where water or other liquids entered the driver’s side power window switch. This could result in smoke or melting or, in extreme cases, fire.

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