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In what is perhaps our least surprising announcement of the young day, Toyota has officially announced that it will recall 2010 model Prius and Lexus HS250h models globally along with the Toyota Sai in Japan to fix an issue the performance of their braking systems. The latest in a series of safety related problems with Toyotas became public fodder last week when Toyota acknowledged that customers of the third generation hybrid had complained of a loss of stopping power at low speeds.

Toyota has also acknowledged that it has developed a software update to improve the blending of the regenerative and
friction braking systems and implemented the update into new production models sometime in January. The automaker did not, however, order a recall of vehicles in customer hands until more than a week after reports of the issue turned up in the media.

The Prius, Prius PHEV, HS250h and Sai (a Toyota badged version of the Prius sold only in Japan) are all being recalled for the software bug fix. In total about 400,000 vehicles are involved in this recall. First- and second-generation Priuses are not included since they have a different braking system, although there are concerns that there could be performance issues with those vehicles, too.

In the same release, Toyota has also announced that it will recall about 7,300 2010 model Camry sedans to inspect a power steering hose that may sit to close to a brake hose and cause it to wear through. Official press release after the jump.

[Source: Toyota]

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Toyota Announces Voluntary Recall on 2010 Model-Year Prius and 2010 Lexus HS 250h Vehicles to Update ABS Software

Inspection of Power Steering Hose Position on Certain 2010 Camry Also Announced

Recalls Underscore Toyota's Commitment to Address All Vehicle Quality and Safety Issues Promptly and Effectively

TORRANCE, Calif., February 8, 2010 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc, today announced it will conduct a voluntary safety recall on approximately 133,000 2010 Model Year Prius vehicles and 14,500 Lexus Division 2010 HS 250h vehicles to update software in the vehicle's anti-lock brake system (ABS). No other Toyota, Lexus, or Scion vehicles are involved in this recall.

The ABS, in normal operation, engages and disengages rapidly (many times per second) as the control system senses and reacts to tire slippage. Some 2010 model year Prius and 2010 HS 250h owners have reported experiencing inconsistent brake feel during slow and steady application of brakes on rough or slick road surfaces when the ABS is activated in an effort to maintain tire traction.

Toyota has responded to owner concerns with a running production change for 2010 Prius that was introduced last month, improving the ABS system's response time, as well as the system's overall sensitivity to tire slippage. The production change for the HS 250h is planned for later this month.

"We're committed to doing everything we can – as fast as we can – to restore consumer trust in Toyota, and these recalls are part of this effort," said Jim Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer, Toyota Motor Sales. "We regret the inconvenience this recall will cause to Prius and HS 250h owners, and will do our best with the support of our dealers to make sure that it is conducted in the most trouble-free manner possible."

Mr. Lentz continued: "As part of the quality improvement program announced by Toyota President Akio Toyoda last week, our company is undertaking a top to bottom review to ensure that our vehicles meet our own high standards of safety and reliability, now and for the future. We are taking steps to implement more stringent quality control across the company, to investigate customer complaints more aggressively and to respond more quickly to any safety issues we identify."

The recall will allow Toyota dealers to perform the software update on 2010 Prius vehicles sold prior to this running production change. Only Prius vehicles produced since May 2009 and all HS 250h vehicles are subject to this recall. First- and second-generation Prius vehicles use a different ABS system and are not involved in this campaign.

The ABS system on the Lexus HS 250h is similar in design to the Prius. The software adjustment planned for HS 250h production and dealer modification is being finalized and will be announced very soon.

Toyota will begin mailing letters to Prius owners included in this recall next week and HS 250h owners within the next few weeks, to let them know when to bring their vehicles into a dealership. Owners will only receive a letter if their vehicle is involved in the recall.

Separately, Toyota will conduct a voluntary safety recall on approximately 7,300 early production - 2010 model year Camry vehicles equipped with the 4 cylinder engine to inspect for a power steering hose that may be in contact with a front brake tube. This contact could lead to a hole in the brake tube and cause a brake fluid leak, increased brake pedal stroke and greater vehicle stopping distance.

Owners of the involved 2010 Camry vehicles will be notified by mail starting in the middle of February.

Detailed information about these recalls is available to customers at www.toyota.com/recall and at the Toyota Customer Experience Center at 1-800-331-4331.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      they couldnt have picked a worse pair of problems to have skimped on... braking and accelerating.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It will , yes it will, it actually already did LOL
      decades of lying and hiding problems means nothing
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Toyota has responded to owner concerns with a running production change for 2010 Prius that was introduced last month..."

      If the running change was introduced last month, why is the recall occurring now? Wouldn't that make them liable for any potential accidents that could have occurred in that time?
        • 5 Years Ago
        So Toyota doesn't have phones, fax machines or the internet to expedite things, unlike the media does when it tries to "destroy" them.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Ohhhh a two for one! They just snuck in that minor recall in the end.
      • 5 Years Ago
      But at least that boat has been righted. GM is a much different company than it was years ago...specifically in terms of quality, design and overall appeal in the market. Toyota has always been a "safe" choice. Not true any longer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't keep up with all the Toyota stories. IMO, the over blasted media is actually watering down any real problem. The more it over bashed and taking up all the media time, the more I think it's really just about trying to hurt a leading car company.

      Why don't you post it again? I don't believe you. I had a corolla. They don't just go to 90+MPH. I even had a 5sp with better gearing, and they still take a good amount of time, and they don't like to hold speeds like that. It probably takes at least half throttle to hold higher speeds in one of those. In a case like that, actually knowing how the car drives, I'm going to have lean to user error. Every year cars run out of control. All cars. Corollas have to be pushed to go fast and hold speed. The official reports I've seen talk about sticking accelerators, or slow to react. Unless it was a floor mat issue, I don't see what could be keeping the gas frozen to go to 90+ MPH.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Adam, what town?
      • 5 Years Ago

      WOW more recalls, What a POS company

      Toyota recalls 7,300 Camrys with potentially leaking brake tube

      In a separate and completely unrelated (to unintended acceleration cases, floor mats or brake pedals) voluntary recall, Toyota will be fixing approximately 7,300 2010 four-cylinder Camrys with a shorter-than-intended power steering pressure hose that can interfere with the braking system and cause a brake fluid leak.

      According to the announcement made by Toyota late Monday night, the issue with the brake fluid tube begins when a crimp from the power steering hose comes in contact with the number seven front brake tube. If this occurs, the crimp can wear a hole in the brake tube over time and eventually lead to a loss of brake fluid.

      Toyota says that there are no symptoms associated with this problem that a driver may notice until the leak has already begun. In the event that the brake tube is punctured and brake fluid begins to leak, brake pedal stroke and stopping distance will be increased due to a decrease in power-assisted braking.

      Toyota says that the affected Camry models will need to be inspected by a dealers, and if necessary, adjust the space between the brake tube and power steering pressure hose crimp. In some cases, the dealer may replace the brake tube if damaged.

      Camry owners will be notified starting in mid-February 2010.

      • 5 Years Ago
      You know what is worse than Toyota fan boys?

      Toyota haters who make really bad Toyota jokes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've never actually been a hardcore Toyota fan, or any kind of brand fan, cause I think most of them make at least one cool car.

      All this bad press and bashing for some reason makes me actually like Toyota more. I'm not even sure why. Maybe its because the more that is reported on them, the less I'm even inclined to believe it, because I still can't find factual youtube video of failures. As much as the media is covering all this, I should be able to find hundreds if not thousands of failures that all the other past known issues seemed to have covered. So because Ford has a past issue that is really easy to find on youtube, I doesn't count because it never had the coverage of Toyota's current woes that I can't find the same factual videos on?

      I'm sure glad everyone believes what they are told to believe and not what they investigate on their own. One 911 phone call of a Lexus car seems to have started all of this. Not that I'm not saying it isn't bad that people died, but I've heard the tape. The 911 operator asked if they could put the car in natural and they didn't respond. They just kept freaking out. At some point, it is operator error, even if the car does something it isn't suppose to. The operator should know how to do basic things. We live in a blame it on someone else society and instead of figuring out how to control a car, we rather just blame someone else. If the US had half the the driving testing standards that Finland has, we wouldn't have nearly as many problems. As it is, driver licenses are handed out like candy and Toyota drivers can't find neutral and don't know what the brake does.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota: Really made in Taiwan?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Forget hybrids, I can't wait till the FT-86 comes out. I hear it's the fastest free accelerating car in the world!!!

      This claim is based off 0-60 times with the operator’s foot off the accelerator. Application of the brake pedal is optional, as with most Toyotas.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well considering the car is mostly Subaru and will probably be built in a Subaru plant, the FT86 might be safe. Toyota may be handling the wiring and ECU though...okay nevermind.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So even the FT-86 is taking some smear even when it's not even finalized yet. Hear that Nissan? Release the Silvia now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, no, it actually has a manual transmission. Just depress the clutch pedal. Duh. ;)

        There's really no chance of accelerating anywhere, from a stop, if you keep the clutch depressed with the transmission in gear or keep it in neutral without the pedal depressed (the two options MT drivers vary on; I prefer the former and my clutch went out at 180k miles, so it's a moot point to me).

        Maybe all this drama will convince Toyota to start producing cars with a proper transmission. Afterall, it's a known fact that MT drivers have a better mechanical understanding of the drivetrain than autotragic drivers. It's also apparent in the cases in which accidents occured.
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