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Prius models may need steering shaft replaced

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TOKYO -- Toyota Canada is recalling certain models of its Prius vehicles as part of a broader global action by the Japanese auto giant.

The company says about 14,816 Prius vehicles are being recalled in Canada to inspect the steering intermediate extension shaft. Some of them may need to have electric water pumps replaced.

The Canadian portion of the recall does not include any additional Toyota models.

Toyota Motor Corp. announced on Wednesday it was recalling 2.77 million vehicles around the world for the water pump problem and the steering shaft defect that may result in faulty steering -- the latest in a spate of quality woes for Japan's top automaker.

The company says no accidents have been reported related to these two problems in Canada or elsewhere.

In Canada, Toyota Prius owners affected by the recall will receive letters starting in December, notifying them of the issues with the vehicles. Any authorized Toyota dealership will deal with the recall issues at no charge.

Toyota says dealerships will inspect the Prius extension shaft to determine if it needs to be replaced and, if needed, will replace it.

Toyota Canada says about 8,740 of the Prius vehicles affected by the recall will also need to have their electric water pumps replaced for the vehicle's hybrid system.

The pump circulates coolant through the hybrid components. The company says there's a possibility the electric motor installed in the water pump may stop functioning. In certain cases, the electric power supply circuit fuse may open, causing the hybrid system to stop while the vehicle is being driven.

-- The AP, The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 15, 2012 B8

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