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Toyota Recalling Prius Hybrid to Fix Deadly Defect

Move triggered by “reports of crashes, injuries and deaths.”

by on Oct.12, 2016

Toyota is recalling 340,000 2016 and 2017 model year Priuses due to a parking brake issue.

Toyota Motor Co. is recalling about 340,000 Prius hybrids after receiving reports of a potential defect with the car’s parking brakes.

About 92,000 of the recent-model Prius hatchbacks were sold in the United States. Most of the others, about 212,000 in all, were sold in the home Japanese market. Vehicles shipped to Europe and Australia are also covered by the order.

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The Japanese automaker ordered the recall after it “received reports of crashes, injuries and deaths,” though Toyota has not released specific details and said it is “still looking into the reports.” (more…)

Toyota Recalling 1.9 Mil Prius Hybrids

Maker cites faulty software.

by on Feb.12, 2014

About 700,000 Prius hybrids sold in the U.S. are covered by the maker's latest recall.

Toyota is recalling 1.9 million Prius Hybrid sedans sold around the world between 2009 and 2014 due to faulty software that could cause the vehicle to stop unexpectedly.

More than a third of the vehicles, 713,000 in all, were sold in the United States, where the Prius has long been the best-selling hybrid in the market. Nearly half, or 917,000 will be recalled in Japan where the Prius has routinely been the best-selling vehicle of all kinds.  The rest of the cars affected by the recall were sold in Europe and other parts of the world.

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Toyota says it has received no reports of injuries or accidents related to the problem. But the risk is that an accident could occur if one of the hybrids were to unexpectedly stall while on the road.


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 Recalls 2.8 Mil Prius Hybrids, Other Models

Follows a month after maker’s biggest recall ever.

by on Nov.14, 2012

The Prius and four other Toyota hybrids are covered by the maker's latest large-scale recall.

A month after announcing its biggest single recall ever, Toyota has revealed some new quality problems that will force it to make safety-related repairs on another 2.8 million vehicles – including its high-profile Prius hybrid models.

The news could deliver a further blow to the Japanese giant’s image despite having landed atop the latest Consumer Reports Automotive Reliability Study. It also puts Toyota in a position where it again is vying with Japanese rival Honda for the dubious distinction of having the most vehicles of any manufacturer recalled in the U.S. this year.

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The newest recall is the result of a water pump problem and a steering shaft defect. These can result in steering problems with a variety of Toyota products using the components.  The maker commonly shares parts on numerous models to reduce costs – but that approach risks the possibility of creating widespread recalls if there’s a problem. In this case, two problems may exist on the same vehicle.


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.”