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Tuesday, 30th November 2010
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Toyota reveals Prius fault

Japanese automaker Toyota has confirmed that it will repair around 650,000 Prius cars because of a fault.

The company has identified a problem with the model's coolant pump, which in some cases could cause a vehicle to overheat and slow down. However, Toyota stressed that the fault is not dangerous and can be repaired.

Toyota spokesman Paul Nolasco told AFP that no accidents have been reported as a result of the fault.

He added: "Even if overheating occurs, it would not stall the vehicle but would result in lower power."

Prius models affected by the fault include 180,000 in Japan and 70,000 across Europe. It is understood that only vehicles sold between 2004 and 2007 will have the coolant pump problem.

Toyota has been forced to recall around 14 million vehicles over the past 12 months due to a number of various mechanical faults and problems.

Last week, Mazda confirmed it would be recalling around 72,000 cars in Japan due to a problem with the fuel pumps on its Premacy and Biante models.

Written by Mark Smith.

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