Toyota recalling almost 670,000 Prius models in U.S.

Toyota will be recalling almost 700,000 Prius models in the U.S. (Photo: Hybridcars.com)

Toyota will be recalling almost 700,000 Prius models in the U.S. (Photo: Hybridcars.com)

Toyota will be recalling almost 700,000 Prius models in the U.S. (Photo: Hybridcars.com)

Toyota will be recalling almost 700,000 Prius models in the U.S. (Photo: Hybridcars.com)

(CNN) — Toyota is recalling more than 2.5 million Prius second generation models worldwide.

The recall was prompted by problems with the vehicle’s steering shaft and electric-powered motor pumps. Toyota said the vehicles could be damaged and neglect to switch into hybrid mode if they aren’t fixed.

670,000 of the recalled vehicles were sold in the U.S., the others are spread across Japan and Europe. The automaker plans to notify affected owners by mail starting in December.

Toyota has had a series of recalls of more than 10 million vehicles worldwide from 2009 to 2011.