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While Toyota still hasn't officially recalled the Prius, they have admitted the world's most popular hybrid has potential brake problems. The company is now also looking into whether the Prius' country club cousin, the Lexus HS250 hybrid, and the Japan-only Sai hybrid, which is based on the HS, might also need their brakes fixed. As of yet, nothing has been decided, but we expect more news soon.

It's also being reported by the Japanese media and The New York Times that Toyota will issue a global recall for the Prius early this week, and Automotive News reports that the car's brake problems will be fixed with a software update to the anti-lock braking system. With news of the Prius' brake problems spreading, reports of problems are increasing dramatically. While there were just over 100 complaints lodged with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as of last week, there are now over 800, a good sign that Toyota needs to do something, and soon.

[Sources: New York Times, Automotive News – Sub. Req'd]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      You're missing the point. It's not about how many cars a recall affects or even the company. It's about how they handle the recall and as my friend said, "Toyota is nothing but fail".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Absolutely, except for the lying and deception and and intentional negligence. But, other than that, you are right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For the past decade Toyota has been the case study in lean manufacturing and manufacturing quality for likely every Fortune 500 company. It remains to be seen if that is going to change or not.

      It seems by cost-reduction or low cost designs/materials may be the cause of the accelerator pedal issue. On the ECU thing, I don't know enough about software to pinpoint the root cause there. Can you catch errors like that by checking code more thoroughly or doing more rigorous testing?

      It seems that these issues are not related to quality manufacturing, but more to engineering, testing, and sourcing quality. It's too bad this problem will tarnish their overall image of striving for perfection... probably their ignoring of the issues was the downfall. Sometimes it's hard for a big company to realize they made a mistake.
      • 5 Years Ago
      when you type the word "jap" any shred of respect you have is torn to pieces. It's not 1944 anymore.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You didn't have to bring up pearl harbor. You could have just said saying "jap" was derogatory.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The empire is crumbling, and crumbling hard.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car was released last summer. A few people complained before any news headlines. I believe them, but not the new flood of complainers who are reacting to the news.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Now check your head for a loose screw.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how much longer it will be before Toyota admits that the software glitch is the major problem in most of its vehicles for both the acceleration issue and the braking deficiency?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Luis, it's not at all true Toyota has nothing to lose by admitting it.

        If they admit it has a problem in the software that isn't fixed yet, they have to stop selling the cars until they have a fix. This will hurt their sales and anger their dealers who already don't have many car models they can sell. Worse yet, what if they have to send the repair parts to customers first instead of to the line (as they were forced into with this shim thing)?

        There is a significant monetary advantage to Toyota to holding back on admitting the problem until they have a fix and have already rolled it onto the assembly line. Then they don't have to stop production while they find the fix. And they don't have to stop selling cars while they find the fix.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Toyota has only recently 'discovered' that it may be a software glitch in the ECU via other NHTSA findings. Actually Toyota was told about this as early as 2002, but thought the problem was related to a couple of bad parts on just a few automobiles.

        There have been reports of 2004 Toyota 4Runners, which are not on the recall list yet, that have the same problem, viz:


        One of the frequent complaints is that there is some interference in the ECU from cell phones, of all things. Only time will tell how this issue is addressed, but Toyota and the NHTSA are actively investigating these reports today.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Luis@ I resent the use of the term "teabaggers" though I'm not with them, it's derrogatory and just plain wrong. Just because it is the msnbc war cry, it has no place here.

        We are out of the recall repair shims at our dealer and will not get more until thursday. Production resumed today and 25 of our cars removed from sale have been repaired and moved back on the sales line. This is how Toyota takes care of their customers.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Ash Toyota, always needing to do something, sometime.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry, I meant to say it likely won't be until after the have a fix. I can't really say for sure, just kind of extrapolating from what Toyota has done so far.
      • 5 Years Ago

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      Life is like a box of chocolates, ya never know what yer gonno get.
      Now get back in your playpen.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I had a 2005 Ponyota Vibe that gave you that same uneasy feeling with ABS over very bumpy roads -- its really a matter of drivers not knowing how to drive modern ABS equipped vehicles. If you keep your foot on the brake instead of panicing and kicking the brake pedal furiously, there's no problem at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Without argument, the Aztek was one of the ugliest vehicles ever to tread on pavement. Tell me how the rear shot of the Prius does'nt look like the Aztek's little brother.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No argument there. It does. On another note, that looks like one hell of a hill.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the problem with Toyota they don't like to admit something is wrong with their cars and take tooo much time to recall their cars and fix them after getting too much pressure from the medial and government side...

      Every car maker gets recalls but Toyota just likes to be stubborn....
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