HOURCAR Prius cars repaired, back on campus

<p>One of the new Prisuses available for use sits in Lot A on North Campus. (Ashley Bolkcom/TommieMedia)</p>
One of the returned Prius cars available for use sits in Lot A on North Campus. (Ashley Bolkcom/TommieMedia)

Both 2010 Prius models are back in service at St. Thomas.

The two models were pulled from the HOURCAR program Feb. 5 and repaired by Toyota. The brakes on the cars were repaired.

“We’re pleased that Toyota was able to identify a fix so quickly, allowing us to get the cars back on the road safely within a week,” said Program Manager Christopher Bineham in a news release Thursday.

HOURCAR removed the vehicles before the recall had been issued.

The two vehicles were repaired based on Toyota’s recall. While both cars were unavailable, HOURCAR placed a 2009 Prius on campus for interim use.

The returned cars are parked in Lot A on North Campus and Lot N on South Campus.

Gina Dolski can be reached at grdolski@stthomas.edu