The city had ordered 181 of the hybrids to add to its fleet of 26,600 city vehicles.
As of last week, 16 had been delivered and six were on the road.
The cars were to be used across a variety of agencies, including environmental protection and health departments.
The city does not own any of the other Toyota models that were included in the recall.
Toyota Motor Corp. has recalled a total of 8.5 million vehicles. The problems include brake issues, floor mats that can trap gas pedals and faulty gas pedals.
A Queens WWII vet blamed brake issues when his Toyota crashed into a synagogue this week.