Toyota has announced another recall of vehicles due to potential problems with steering and a water pump.

In a statement this morning, the company announced that 34,000 Avensis, Corolla and Prius models sold in Ireland face recall for inspection and possible repair.

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

The company says however the vehicles remain safe to drive.

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

The models affected by this recall are Avensis and Corolla cars sold between 2001 and 2009 and Prius models from 2003 to 2009.

It's part of a wider recall by Toyota of 2.7 million cars worldwide.

It comes four weeks after the firm recalled more than seven million vehicles, including some Corolla and Camry models, over faulty window switches.

Toyota is Japan's biggest carmaker.