The Prius is among a 37,000-vehicle recall by Toyota New Zealand, part of a global recall by the company that affects 2.8m vehicles. The threat of a fuel leak is forcing Toyota New Zealand to recall nearly 37,000 cars, part of a global recall of 2.8 million vehicles.
The recall affected 36,961 new and used import Toyota and Lexus models. A possible fault involving the charcoal canister fitted to the fuel tank could cause the canister to crack
"If the crack is present, is it has the potential to expand and cause a minor fuel leak when the vehicle has a full tank of fuel."
Toyota said there had been no reported cases of the fault in New Zealand.
There were 2,867,816 vehicles that would be affected by the recall worldwide. It applied to Toyota Corolla/Auris, Prius, Prius PHV, SAI and Lexus CT200h, HS 205h models manufactured between 2006 and 2015.
The charcoal canister was designed to prevent fuel emissions being released into the atmosphere.
"Owners of the vehicles, which are traceable through registration data, will be contacted by Toyota New Zealand," the company said. "The remedy will be completed free of charge by Toyota and Lexus dealerships and is expected to take approximately 2 to 3 hours."