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Toyota Recalls Prius, Lexus HS for Faulty Brakes

Second recall involving brake issues for popular Prius line.

by on Jun.05, 2013

The 2010 Prius may experience cracks in a key brake system component.

Two of Toyota’s high-profile hybrid models, notably including the best-selling Prius, are being recalled due to brake problems, according to the Japanese maker.

In all, about 87,000 vehicles are impacted, including Toyota Prius hatchbacks and Lexus HS 250h hybrids sold during the 2010 model-year. The maker does not say how many of each model are covered by the recall.

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The problem is the result of a brake pressure accumulator that may develop a fatigue crack due to vibration. That would lead to the loss of at least some brake pressure. Toyota said it has received no reports of accidents or injuries related to the problem.


Toyota Recalling 100,000 Prius Hybrids

About half were sold in the U.S., maker says.

by on Jun.01, 2011

Toyota is recalling 106,000 earlier Prius models worldwide due to power steering problems.

Toyota has announced the recall of more than 100,000 of its Prius hybrids due to problems with electric power steering equipment.

Approximately half of the vehicles impacted by the service action, 52,000 in all, were sold in the United States.  The rest were marketed in Japan and other parts of the world, the maker said.

The recall involves only early-model Prius hybrids, those sold during the 2001 through 2003 model-years.  A second Toyota recall was also announced involving a handful of late-model crossovers and minivans.

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With the Prius recall, the maker said that, “If the steering wheel is repeatedly and strongly turned to the full-lock position, there is a possibility the nuts securing the pinion shaft in the steering gear box assembly may become loose. If the vehicle is continuously operated in this condition, over time, the customer will gradually notice significant increased steering effort when making a left turn.”